Skin examination – Early detection and diagnosis of skin diseases

Skin examination – Early detection and diagnosis of skin diseases

Skin examination? Why?

The annual dermatological preventive medical check-up is certainly an advisable preventative measure against skin cancer. In the process, existing moles and all newly developed skin changes are checked, even if they are growing slowly and they do not hurt or itch.

Under unfavourable conditions, moles can degenerate into skin cancer (melanoma). Around 25 % of melanomas develop from moles.

What happens during a skin examination?

The skin examination or dermatoscopy is a thorough visual inspection of the skin by the specialist with the aid of oils, which influence the transparency of the upper layers of skin and provide a deeper insight. In the process, the dermatologist looks for symptoms for three different rates of skin cancer:

  • the melanoma, a malignant tumour, which develops from the pigment-producing skin cells, can be caused by high levels of UV radiation, it is a particular risk for people with fair skin, many moles and the genetic disposition and it can only be treated promisingly when detected at an early stage.
  • the cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, , a malignant tumour, which often affects people with light-sensitive skin, who were exposed to increased level of UV radiation for years and/or their immune defence is affected.  
  • the basal cell carcinoma, a common, but less dangerous and more curable skin tumour.

Why visit the Wiener Privatklinik for a skin examination?

The Wiener Privatklinik not only offers you some of Vienna’s best medical specialists, but also specialists and the necessary technical diagnostic equipment for all examinations, which may be required if a tumour is suspected as a result of the dermatoscopy. It also offers the best specialists for the immediate treatment of such diseases. Early detection and timely treatment at the highest level are the best guarantee for a long, pain-free life.

You can obtain more detailed information on the skin examination from our telephone info-line or by email. All contact details can be found on our Contact page.