How Skin Checks Work
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How Skin Checks Work


A key part of staying
healthy is being proactive. That includes regular checkups with your entire
healthcare team. So today Jackie’s
getting an up close look, at why that should include
regular skin checks. – Hey guys, it’s Jackie and
I’m here with Dr. Hallmyer, and we’re talking bit
about skin checks. And I think a good
place to start doctor, is by discussing just
why it’s so important to get a skin check. – Yeah, that’s a
great question right. So skin cancer is the most
common human malignancy. The bottom line is
that many skin cancers are very highly curable. Especially if detected early. Finding a skin cancer
at it’s earliest stage, makes most of these malignancies
treatable and curable, with just a simple
surgical incision. – Not only is it important
to come in for skin checks, but also to be checking
your skin at home, in advance for
those appointments. – Yes, we rely heavily on
our patient population, on helping us identify problems. Being aware of your skin, understanding the
moles that you have, understanding of anything
that’s changing over time, is usually important in
getting to medical attention, if something is changing at
the time when it’s changing, so we can diagnose
a problem very early. – What would cause you to
take a second, closer look at something on someone’s skin. – The rule that we’re
applying has a nice acronym, it’s called the ABCDE Rule. A stands for Asymmetry. B stands for the
Border characteristics. C stands for Color variation. D for the Diameter or
the size of the lesion, E really the most
important one is Evolution. Change over time, is the
lesion becoming larger, are there borders
becoming more jagged. – So you’re going to do
a quick skin check on me. Should we head
over to the chair? – Absolutely, sure. (techno music) – In a usual exam, you
would check the entire body. So people should be
prepared to be in a hospital gown for that. – Very good point. Not only they should expect
to be in a hospital gown, but they should expect
to be completely naked under that gown. Because we really want to
examine, all parts of the body. Especially the areas that
might be very difficult for the patient
to see themselves. – So you’re just
going to be checking my arms and legs today. – Yes, I’m actually going
to be use a dermacope. This is a magnifying light
with a polarizing lens. So I can really very carefully
look at the assymetry issue, borders, color variations,
those type of things. – Okay. – Typically we
start at the hands, and we look at the
areas under the nails, as well as between the digits. I sort of work my way up, taking a look really very
careful, at all the skin areas. Identifying on a
more broader view, if there’s anything
in particular that I
want to hone in on. So I’m going to do
that right here, since you have a
tiny mole right here. So this is a completely
benign appearing mole. It has beautiful very
very sharp edge margins. It has a completely normal,
irregular reticular pattern. So nothing here concerning. If I was very concerned
on today’s visit, we would actually proceed
right to a surgical biopsy. That’s typically done either
with somebody like myself, or a dermatologist office. It would be a very
small, simple procedure, done under a local anesthesia. – So it sounds like
the main take away, is to come in for your
annual appointment. But also really be keeping
eye on things yourself. – Having a routine skin exam
by a healthcare professional, once a year, can really
truly, make a big difference. But aiding into that
is a patient being very self-aware of their own skin, and performing a
self-skin examination, on a regular basis. – [Jackie] Thank you so much. For more about various
medical procedures, you can head to our website, LivingHealthytv.com.

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