Recently my neighbor told me that he has malignant melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer), and it has metastasized to his liver. I started thinking about how his cancer probably could have been avoided altogether had he been seeing a dermatologist once a year. The next day I scheduled an appointment to have a full body skin exam with the local dermatologist. A potentially precancerous mole was found on the sole of my foot. I’m a RN, I pay attention to my skin, but I never noticed it. My wife is a Physician Assistant, she never noticed it.
The exam was painless and took a total of 10 minutes. My Dad went for his exam last week, it had been 3 years since his last exam, he had 9 precancerous lesions frozen off. Seeing a dermatologist once a year is worth considering, you can avoid a lot of grief with a little prevention.