Dermatology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the skin, hair, and nails. It also focuses on maintaining the health of your skin. Dermatologists are medical doctors who train in this area for many years, making them the experts in all things related to skin, hair, and nails. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)
Have Risk Factors? See a Dermatologist Regularly
If you have risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer, you should perform self-examinations as well as see a dermatologist for regular checkups.
These risk factors include:
Close blood relative has/had melanoma, several more distant relatives have a history of melanoma, or a family history of other skin cancers Personal history of skin cancer History of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, tanning beds, or sun lamps — whether intermittent or year round, even if the exposure was years ago Experienced severe, especially blistering, sunburns Fair skin, especially when the person has blond or red hair and blue, green, or gray eyes Sun sensitive, or tend to burn and freckle rather than tan Large, asymmetrical, or unusual-looking mole(s) 50-plus moles History of x-ray treatments for acne Taking immunosuppressive medications for severe arthritis or to prevent organ rejection
Helpful Links about Dermatology
7 Signs You Need to See a Dermatologist