About Skin Cancer Screenings
Why do we do screening for cancer at Summerlin Dermatology? Because not all moles are created equal. Moles and other skin growths can be perfect beauty spots or unsightly benign blemishes. The vast majority are harmless. In some cases, abnormal skin cells can develop into an aggressive type of skin cancer. Regularly checking your body and having your annual skin exam with a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Reuel Aspacio is your best defense in protecting yourself.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The high prevalence of skin cancer makes routine skin cancer screenings a must, especially if you have a personal or family history of skin cancer. Early detection is key to give you more treatment options and better outcomes. Along with many advanced skin cancer treatments, Dr. Aspacio offers comprehensive skin cancer screenings and biopsies of irregular areas. To schedule a skin cancer screening, contact Summerlin Dermatology in Las Vegas, NV.
Types of Skin Cancer
Dr. Aspacio looks for all types of skin cancer during a skin cancer screening:
- Actinic Keratoses (AK): This type tends to form after the age of 40 years and on areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun — such as the head, neck, hands, and forearms. AKs appear as dry, scaly patches and are commonly deemed precancerous because it has the potential to develop into squamous cell carcinoma.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): This is the most common type of skin cancer. BCC can form anywhere on the body, and may appear as a pink area or as a flesh-colored or pearl-like bump. BCC needs to be treated because it has potential to grow into the nerves and bones, causing damage and disfigurement.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): This is the second most common form of skin cancer. Forming on skin that gets the most sun exposure, SCC appears as scaly patches; red, firm bumps; and/or sores that heal and reopen. These should be removed to prevent damage and disfigurement.
- Melanoma: This type of cancer develops suddenly as a dark spot on the skin. Dr. Aspacio uses the ABCDs to detect melanoma — Asymmetry, Border, Color, and Diameter. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma accounts for only one percent of skin cancer cases, but the majority of skin cancer deaths. For this reason, melanoma should be treated as soon as possible after it is diagnosed.
If signs or symptoms are associated with any lesion on your body, make an appointment for further evaluation.
"Love Alice when shes able to help me. They also give samples of barious brands that have been AMAZING on my skin"- A.K. / Google / Oct 19, 2018
"Excellent care and competent staff."- C.C. / Google / Oct 14, 2018
"Can't say enough great things about Trish and Dr. Aspacio! They are a really great team and Trish is seriously hilarious. They see you timely and can get you in quick for aesthetic/cosmetic. Love Trish's honesty about any skin care regimen questions. Her face is immaculate so I would absolutely take her advice and then some! ;). Really great practice, great customer service and a wonderful experience all around!"- S.C. / Yelp / Oct 02, 2018
"Before beginning this review, I took time to read several of the reviews posted. A very mixed bag of issues and emotions. Well, here is why I gave this group of working professionals a "5 STAR" rating. I was referred to Summerlin Dermatology by my so called medical PCP. I had concern about a mole like growth on my back which appeared to be getting larger. I was concerned it could be cancerous. I received a call from Summerlin Dermatology on 9/26/2018 regarding this referral. It seemed they had a cancellation for that day and asked if this was convenient for me. Yep. Sure was. However, I told the young lady on the phone, Daisy, I didn't want to sit there filling out new patient paperwork. She explained their website with the on-line forms was down at the time and offered to email me the forms to complete before I arrived. She was so upbeat and professional. When I arrived for my appointment (with my completed paperwork) I was greeted by, not one, but two front office staffers, Jose and Desiree. They were professional with a smile. Again, upbeat. I signed in and waited about 10-15 minutes before I was taken into the examining room. During my wait time I had the opportunity to chat with each of these individuals. Very professional, yet not "starchy" if you know what I mean. Real people with a job to do the best they can. I met with Dr. Aspacio and his assistant. I felt at ease with both. I told the doctor why I was there. Doctor Aspacio examined the mole growth. Then asked me for my cell phone. He took a picture of this mole on my back. It was not easy for me to see since it was on my back. He showed me the picture and explained that it was typical of getting older. Such moles are common at "our age". I laughed. He even showed me a couple of areas where he has developed similar moles. He made me feel at ease. I was sooo relieved. I have lived in Las Vegas for 43 years. I am 67 years old with Medicare insurance. If you want to experience REALLY BAD medical treatment just wait until you become a senior and on Medicare! I thank heaven that Summerlin Dermatology was an outside referral and NOT part of my primary care network!! I haven't seen my PCP in 2 years! All I see are PAC's or a Nurse Practitioner! Summerlin Dermatology, in my experience/opinion, is only 1 of 3 local medical facilities with whom I would consider professional, to the point and personable. I would recommend them highly!!!"- L.H. / Yelp / Sep 27, 2018
"Very knowledgeable professional and detailed. The staff is very attentive and the doctor was incredibly informative taking the time to make sure I understood the procedure. When the results came in he recommended a plastic surgeon to do the surgery. I really felt very confident in the diagnosis and appreciated everyone's help."- S.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
Men and women of all ages are at risk for skin cancer. While people with fairer complexions are at greater risk, all skin tones and types can get skin cancer. Dr. Aspacio recommends every patient perform regular self-exams of their skin so they know what is normal and when a spot changes. You should schedule a skin exam anytime you are concerned that a spot on your skin has changed, itches, or bleeds. If you or a close relative have been diagnosed with skin cancer, then you should make appointments for annual skin cancer screenings.
During your skin cancer screening, Dr. Aspacio will check your full body for birthmarks, moles, and any abnormal areas. He may create a mole map of spots to mark areas of concern and to easily identify new moles at future screenings. Dr. Aspacio can show you how to perform a self-exam between your appointments.
In some cases, Dr. Aspacio may take a biopsy of a suspicious mole or spot. He will numb the area, then shave off a small sample. The biopsy will be sent to a pathology lab for analysis. When Dr. Aspacio receives your pathology report, you will be contacted with the results.
What to Expect
After your exam, Dr. Aspacio will talk to you about your results and any recommended actions. He will also let you know when you should return for your next skin cancer screening. If you need a biopsy of an abnormal area, there is a risk of scarring. Dr. Aspacio does his best to minimize the appearance of scarring and take the smallest skin sample possible during the biopsy. Dr. Aspacio will go over the best way to care for your skin after the biopsy to help your skin heal correctly. With good care, any scarring should be flat and fade so it is barely visible.
Plan Your Procedure
Early Detection is Key
Understanding your risk and early detection are two important keys to the successful treatment of skin cancer. If you are due for a regular skin cancer screening, then please contact our office in Las Vegas, NV. Whether you are already seeing Dr. Aspacio for cosmetic treatments, are at high risk for developing skin cancer, or you have concerns about an abnormal growth on your skin, schedule a skin cancer screening at Summerlin Dermatology.