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Skin care at the doctor
The surface of the skin on your body is constantly changing - this is normal to some extent. Nevertheless, discuss abnormalities in the skin with your dermatologist. Because not all changes are easily recognized with the naked eye and with the help of self-control. The doctor takes a close look at the entire skin during the examination. In addition, she / he can provide information about behavior regarding UV radiation and staying in the sun…
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Examination of the skin
An examination of the skin and the moles by the dermatologist is recommended at regular intervals, e.g. you should have your skin checked once a year. The dermatologist thoroughly examines the entire skin. In certain cases, the structure of the changes is examined more closely with a special instrument, the dermatoscope. Sometimes there is also a need to take digital microscopic images of the birthmarks and save them for a follow-up examination.
Several examinations per year may also be necessary - e.g. for people with an increased risk of skin cancer. Your dermatologist will determine the interval. The examinations are charged differently by the social security agencies. Find out more about the relevant provisions from the social security agency responsible for you.
In addition, the skin is included in the preventive examination - and a visit to a dermatologist is indicated. A transfer can also be made. For more information, see Medical Checkup.
Risk of skin cancer
Sensible use of UV radiation is one of the most important pillars of skin cancer prevention. Especially in children and adolescents, but also in adults, sunburns should be avoided at all costs. UV rays are essential for life - and necessary for the vitamin D metabolism, for example, in order to achieve a good bone metabolism. A sensible and sensible sun enjoyment in small measure is required. Sunburns - especially at a young age - are associated with a higher risk. People in particular have an increased risk of skin cancer:
- with a history of (diagnosed) skin cancer.
- who run skin cancers in the family.
- with fair complexion and light hair and a tendency to sunburn (people with freckles and hair with a reddish hue are particularly sensitive to the sun - Celtic skin type).
- who have many birthmarks.
- who spend short periods in the sun but are exposed to the sun intensively - especially children (e.g. on a beach holiday). Children's skin is particularly sensitive. It therefore needs particularly good protection.
Even if you often work outdoors, take certain medications (e.g. St. John's wort preparations and medicines that lower the body's immunity, etc.) or after organ transplants, you should be extremely careful with staying in the sun and ensure appropriate protection. The combination of appropriate clothing (e.g. sun hat or cap), sufficiently applied sunscreen and sensible behavior minimizes the risk of skin cancer.
For more information, see
- The right sun protection
- How UV rays affect the body
- Skin cancer
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