Free Skin Cancer Screening
Skin cancer, which is becoming more and more common, often begins in a mole. If you have new moles, or any moles that are enlarging or changing in appearance, please come in to have them checked and removed before a problem develops. We provide free skin cancer screening for all patients.
Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread. It is important to remember that your doctor does not necessarily think you have cancer if he suggests a screening test. Screening tests are given when you have no cancer symptoms. If a screening test result is abnormal, you may need to have more tests done to find out if you have cancer.
In his three decades of experience, Dr. Charles Hutchins has developed techniques for removing moles and certain skin cancers without stitches or scars. For pre-malignant moles and skin cancers that do require stitches, Dr. Hutchins has developed special suture techniques that minimize scarring.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a skin cancer screening?
A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. No blood work is taken whether it is a public or private screening. If there are any suspicious areas which need further study or intervention, a follow-up examination may be recommended.
Is the skin cancer screening free of charge?
Yes. Laser Skin Care, P.L.L.C., is committed to providing free skin cancer screening for all patients. Your health is important to us. We believe that early intervention is crucial to successfully intervening in the cancer cycle.
Who will provide the skin cancer screening?
Charles H. Hutchins, M.D., has over three decades of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of moles, skin lesions, and skin cancer. In just a few minutes he will be able to answer your questions and concerns and recommend treatment if necessary.
What areas of my body will be screened for skin cancer?
Your screening is always in a private setting. A full-body screening can be provided if you desire. In a public setting with very limited privacy, only exposed areas (face, neck, arms, hands, etc.) can be screened/visually inspected for skin cancer.
How long will the screening last?
Screenings take approximately 10 minutes, including completing the paperwork and getting your skin checked. If there are any suspicious areas on your skin, further consultation may be necessary and the screening process may be extended to answer your questions and pass along information as needed.
Why is it important to get a skin cancer screen performed?
Skin cancer generally develops in the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin), so a tumor is usually clearly visible. Skin cancer represents the most commonly diagnosed cancer, surpassing lung, breasts, colorectal, and prostate cancer. Early intervention is important, and when diagnosed early is virtually 100% curable.