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The incidence of skin cancer is on the rise.  One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.  Annual skin exams and skin cancer screenings can help detect suspicious moles, abnormal growths, precancerous spots, and skin cancer.

Due to extensive sun (UV) exposure most of us have had, we are at an increased risk for skin cancer.  Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer will improve cure rates and ensure the best outcome.  Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable.  We, at Westport Dermatology, will perform a step-by-step skin exam and educate you on what to look out for.

FULL-BODY SKIN EXAMS

Full-body skin exams are an important tool in screening patients for benign or cancerous lesions that one may not detect or recognize on self-examination. We will inspect your skin from head to toe for any suspicious growths. This quick and painless preventive measure is an invaluable tool in the early detection of skin cancer, abnormal moles, as well as many other dermatologic conditions.

SKIN CANCER SCREENING & TREATMENT

The incidence of skin cancer is on the rise.  One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.  Annual skin exams and skin cancer screenings can help detect suspicious moles, abnormal growths, precancerous spots, and skin cancer.  Due to extensive sun (UV) exposure most of us have had, we are at an increased risk for skin cancer.  Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer will improve cure rates and ensure the best outcome.  Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable.  We, at Westport Dermatology, will perform a step-by-step skin exam and educate you on what to look out for.


“I have been a patient of Dr. Futoryan for many years for various skin treatments and skin checks. Dr. Futoryan’s quick evaluation and follow up in one particular instance was a life saver!! She is very thorough, professional and up to date on the latest techniques. The staff are wonderful, polite and caring. The facility is immaculate and spacious. Cindy, the receptionist is a shining star. She is always with a friendly smile and willing to help in any way she can. I highly recommend Dr. Futoryan and the services offered by her staff.” — Joan G.


 

MOLES/DYSPLASTIC NEVI

A common mole is called a nevus.  A  small, well circumscribed, pink, tan, or brown bump on the skin.  Most people have them, and most are benign.  If a mole begins to change color, shape, size, or become symptomatic (i.e. itchy, painful, bleeding) it needs to be evaluated.

A Dysplastic Nevus is a mole with unusual features.  It is usually larger, has irregular colors and borders, and is asymmetrical.  People who have had multiple  dysplastic nevi are at a higher risk for developing melanoma skin cancer.

At this time, the only way to diagnose melanoma is with a thorough skin exam and removal of suspicious lesions for laboratory examination.