One of the most diagnosed forms of cancer this year was melanoma - a rare yet fatal form of skin cancer. That's because when it's not identified and treated early, it's likely to spread to other body parts. The skin's top layer is called the epidermis, which contains three types of cells: squamous, basal, and melanocytes. A dermatologist should monitor this area annually to detect any abnormalities should they arise.
At Atlas Dermatology, Dr. W. Trent Massengale and Dr. Joshua Pitre make it their top priority to reduce the risk for Prairieville, and Baton Rouge, LA patients. If the idea of body checks is new to you or your family history increases your susceptibility, schedule a consultation today.
Preventing Skin Cancer
Three different types of skin cancer involve the squamous cells, basal cells, and melanocytes. The former is benign, while the other two are a bit more cause for concern. The good news is that each kind is preventable with the help of a dermatologist and at-home examinations. One should get in the habit of performing a skin self-exam regularly. That consists of examining your body in front of a full-length mirror (don't neglect your underarms, palms, and forearms). You should also look in between your legs and toes.
When to Visit a Dermatologist
Annual visits to Atlas Dermatology are a critical part of your skin prevention strategy. If you spot a mole that has irregular borders, have rough and scaly patches on the lower back, knees, or elbows, as well as suffer from dry, itchy, and painful skin, we can help. During your skin cancer screening in our Prairieville or Baton Rouge, LA location, Dr. W. Trent Massengale, or Dr. Joshua Pitre, will check for signs and symptoms while observing the "ABCDE's" of each mole. They will also check for other damages that may result in cancer down the line. If you notice a new sore or growth that hasn't healed, call our office immediately to discuss the next steps.
If something seems off-putting about your skin, don't second-guess the situation. Dr. W. Trent Massengale and Dr. Joshua Pitre will professionally examine the body to assure that all is in order. For more information about skin cancer, other conditions we treat, and services provided by Atlas Dermatology, visit our website. Please call (844) 313-4560 for appointment scheduling in our Prairieville or Baton Rouge, LA locations.