The study surveyed almost 1,700 dermatologists, family practitioners and internists to find out how many regularly performed full body exams on patients. Over 81% of dermatologists reported performing the screening exam on a routine basis, but less than 60% of family practitioners and just 56% of internists routinely performed the exams.
These exams are essential for catching skin cancer. Unfortunately, according to the study, these tests may not always happen for a number of reasons. Doctors cited three main reasons for not conducting more exams on patients: time constraints, other competing illnesses and patient embarrassment. Doctors were more likely to perform the exams when they had high-risk patients (for example, white men over the age of 50), had more skin cancer training, or had patients who requested the exam.
Dr. Marcy Street, a Lansing Michigan based dermatologist, has this to say, “We routinely conduct upper and lower body exams on our patients, sometimes a person may present with hundreds of spots just on their upper half alone. This method improves the likelihood that we will not miss anything suspicious here at Doctor's Approach dermatology. We believe it is important to build a rapport with our patients first, allowing them to openly ask any questions they might have and allowing us to address the moles and lesions they are concerned about at the follow-up appointment.”
If detected early, skin cancer can be treated more effectively. The staff at Doctor’s Approach Dermatology recommends that people examine their own skin about once a month and take precautions to protect themselves from over exposure to the sun.
Dr. Marcy Street is a board certified, fellowship trained dermatologist, specializing in skin cancer, skin cancer prevention, and Mohs skin cancer surgery. She is the medical director and founder of Doctor’s Approach Dermatology – a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic, Doctor’s Approach MedSpa – the only cosmetic medspa in mid-Michigan overseen by a dermatologist and Doctor’s Approach Products – a line of skin, hair, and nail products specifically developed by Dr. Street. Doctor’s Approach has been well established and respected for over 18 years, with patients visiting from all over the nation, including Canada. Her staff includes three highly trained dermatologists and certified estheticians that provide the best in cutting edge medical technology, comprehensive care and services in a relaxing and nurturing environment.
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Doctor’s Approach is a full-service medical and surgical dermatology clinic with a cosmetic medical spa. Our dermatology practice has been well established and respected for over 15 years, with patients visiting from all over the Midwest region.