Skin Cancer Surveillance Specialist Khosrow (Mark) Mehrany MD

Skin Cancer Specialists & Mohs Surgeons located in San Jose or Modesto

Skin cancer is the leading form of cancer in this country, but regular skin cancer surveillance can protect your health by catching skin cancer early. The team of skin cancer specialists at the office of Mark Mehrany, MD, offers comprehensive visual exams to check for signs of disease. The practice includes Mark Mehrany, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and is conveniently located in in San Jose or Modesto.

Skin Cancer Surveillance

What are the common types of skin cancer?

Skin cancer comes in a variety of forms, and some kinds are more frequent or dangerous than others. More than 98% of skin cancers are either basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Melanoma is another, less common type of skin cancer. Melanoma can be deadly unless it's detected and treated early. Getting your skin checked regularly by the team at the office of Mark Mehrany, MD helps to protect you by catching skin cancer early when it's easiest to cure.

Who benefits from skin cancer surveillance?

The team at the office of Mark Mehrany, MD, typically recommends skin cancer surveillance if you’ve had skin cancer in the past, or have one or more of these risk factors:
Skin cancer in your family
Actinic keratosis
Abnormal moles
A lot of moles
Be sure to report changes in your skin or any unusual moles to your provider.

What is skin cancer surveillance?

Skin cancer surveillance involves a comprehensive visual exam. The team at the office of Mark Mehrany, MD, screens you for various types of skin cancer by looking for moles and other spots that are different in color or appearance from the rest of your skin.

What happens during a skin cancer surveillance exam?

You'll disrobe in the exam room and then put on a gown. This allows your provider to examine your skin from head to toe, including these areas and more:

  • Behind your ears
  • Scalp
  • Toes
  • Fingers

It's important for your provider to thoroughly check any of the places that skin cancer may occur. During your exam, your provider pays particular attention to sores, particularly ones that haven’t healed quickly, or bumps on your skin that are shiny white, pink, translucent, or red.

They inspect your moles for signs of:

  • Bleeding
  • Oozing
  • Crusting
  • Irregular borders

Your provider may press on a mole to see if it’s painful to the touch, or use a special lighted magnifying glass to look at certain spots. The exam should take 10-15 minutes. It doesn't require special preparation, but women may want to wear their hair down and avoid wearing nail polish.

If you're at risk for skin cancer, call the office of Mark Mehrany, MD today to schedule your skin cancer surveillance exam.

Our Stanislaus Skin Cancer Clinic in Modesto proudly serves the Central Valley and surrounding areas including: Modesto, Turlock, Manteca, Tracy, Ripon, Stockton, Sonora, Ceres, Lodi, Lathrop, Livingston, Oakdale, Riverbank, Patterson, Merced, Los Banos, Newman, Gustine, Salida, Sunol, Mariposa, Madera, Atwater, Le Grand, La Grange, Angels Camp, Arnold and Yosemite Valley.

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