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Dermatological team in the Great Falls area explains how early detection of skin cancer can be lifesaving

Great Falls area skin cancer experts describe skin cancer detection

The prevention and early detection of skin cancer begins with you. Most skin cancers can be found in their earliest stages during skin examinations. Therefore, it is important to examine your skin from head to toe once a month by using a mirror. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. in the Great Falls area, we do all we can to educate patients about the importance of monthly self-examinations and skin cancer screenings at least yearly.


We recommend performing your self-examination in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror. While facing the mirror, check your face, ears, neck, chest, and abdomen. Women should check the skin underneath the breasts. Next, examine the underarm area, the sides of your arms, the top and palms of your hands, in between your fingers, and your fingernails. You will want to sit down to check the front of your thighs, shins, top of your feet, in between your toes, and your toenails. For the areas that are difficult to see such as the back of your thighs, calves, and bottom of your feet, we recommend using a handheld mirror. You may need to have someone help you check areas such as your back and scalp. Spend time examining the surface of your skin, inspecting moles, blemishes, freckles, and any other marks. If you notice changes in any of these, it is important to contact our team promptly.

Visiting the dermatologist

Whenvisiting one of our dermatologists for a skin cancer screening, rest assured you are in gentle hands. The dermatologist will examine the areas that concern you to determine if there are early signs of skin cancer. If the doctor detects skin cancer, your treatment options will be discussed. We will answer any questions you may have and tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs.
More than 5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year, according to the Skin Care Foundation. Monthly self-examinations and yearly skin cancer screenings can be lifesaving. To schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists, call our Sterling or Centreville office at (866) 808-3320 or (866) 808-3140 today.
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I recently had an appointment at the Sterling office. Booking the appointment over the phone was easy and fast. Upon arrival, I found the front desk staff to be pleasant and efficient. My wait time was minimal in the waiting room and well as in the back room, which is always a nice thing with any doctor's office. When I did meet with the doctor, we discussed my issues and overall felt like all my questions and concerns were thoroughly answered before I left. No complaints, and will definitely be coming back if need be and recommending this practice to my family and friends.

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