Skin Cancer Screening Clinic in Barrie

Skin Cancer Screening


Full skin check

Although there is not enough evidence showing full body skin check lowers the death rate of skin cancer, there is no doubt that the earlier you find a skin cancer, the easier it is to treat it successfully. Both skin self-examinations and full skin exams performed by a dermatologist are useful in early detection and treatment of skin cancers, including melanoma, which is the most deadly. An experienced dermatologist has special training and knowledge for the diagnosis and management of all types of  skin cancers. People of all colors and races can get skin cancer. The most common form is Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) which rarely spreads and unlikely to be fatal. The second most common skin cancer is Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) with high possibility of distant spreading (metastasis). Melanoma is less common but much more likely to lead to death because of spread throughout the body.

With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for BCC and SCC is about 95 percent. When melanoma is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate.

Visiting a specialized Skin Cancer Screening Clinic can significantly improve the chances of early detection and successful treatment, even though there is limited evidence directly linking full body skin checks to lower the death rate of skin cancer.

Evaluation And Treatment Of All Skin Disorders

Skin is the largest organ of the human body and also a critical and integral component of the body’s defence system. Any impairment of the skin’s normal function can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. In addition, the skin can serve as a window for the evaluation of internal health and disease. For an experienced dermatologist, evaluation of skin lesions may lead to diagnosis of serious internal diseases that might be unrecognized otherwise.
History taking and physical examination are adequate for diagnosing many skin lesions, but some require biopsy or other diagnostic testing. Some examples of the diagnostic tests other than biopsy are: scraping, patch testing and dermoscopy, but visual inspection by a dermatologist is the central and most important diagnostic tool because many skin disorders have a characteristic appearance or morphology.

Within a specialized Skin Cancer Screening Clinic, the assessment of skin lesions by an experienced dermatologist not only aids in the diagnosis of potential malignancies but also allows for the identification of underlying internal diseases that may otherwise go undetected.

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Dermatologist surgeon removes skin diseases with electrocoagulator

Skin Biopsies, Excisions, Lumps And Bumps

Skin lesions can vary from small discolorations to lumps and ulcers, etc.

Many times a biopsy is required to confirm the final diagnosis of the skin condition.A shave biopsy is done by removing a piece of top part of skin to be tested in the lab.

When a deeper biopsy is required a punch biopsy may be done to provide a deeper sample of skin and the tissue from under the skin.

There are times that an incisional or excisional biopsy is requested by your doctor for a more thorough examination of the skin lesion. This will provide the best help for lab diagnosis and normally will required a suture closure of the biopsy site as well.

In a Skin Cancer Screening Clinic, biopsies are conducted to assess skin lesions, enabling accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Reconstructive Skin Procedures

Skin grafts are required for large defects or for management of skin defects in certain critical locations. A part of skin from a donor site is removed and applied to the recipient site. The donor site is usually matched with color and texture of recipient for the best result possible.
At a Skin Cancer Screening Clinic, skin grafts are performed to address large defects or manage critical skin defects in certain locations, with careful consideration given to matching the color and texture of the donor site with the recipient site for optimal outcomes.
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Benign And Malignant Lesions Of Skin

Melanoma is the most serious cancer of the skin. Possible signs of melanoma include, but not limited to, a change in the appearance of a mole or pigmented area.

A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:

A mole that:

  • changes in size, shape, or color
  • has irregular edges or borders
  • is more than 1 color
  • is asymmetrical (if the mole is divided in half, the 2 halves are different in size or shape)
  • itches
  • oozes, bleeds, or is ulcerated

Any Change in pigmented (colored) skin.

Satellite moles (new moles that grow near an existing mole).

Some refer to “ABCD” rule of melanoma:

  • A: asymmetry – one half of the mole does not match the other half.
  • B: border irregularity – the edges of the mole are ragged or notched.
  • C: color – the color of the mole is not the same all over. There may be shades of tan, brown, or black, and sometimes patches of red, blue, or white.
  • D: diameter – the mole is wider than about 1/4 inch (although doctors are now finding more melanomas that are smaller).

Unfortunately, some melanomas do not fit the descriptions above, and it may be hard to tell if the mole is normal or not, so you should show your doctor anything that you are unsure of.

Maryam Shayesteh Alam dermatologist barrie



Dr. Maryam Shayesteh Alam is a highly experienced dermatologist specializing in skin cancer, particularly Melanoma. She has extensive expertise in various skin conditions and is dedicated to providing exceptional care to her patients.

MAHNAZ MAHMOODI dermatologist barrie


GP Focused in Dermatology

Dr. Mahnaz Mahmoodi is a GP specializing in dermatology, with a focus on skin cancer, especially Melanoma. With extensive education and experience, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to her patients.

Dr. Farzad Hariri dermatologist barrie


General and laparoscopic surgeon

Dr. Farzad Hariri is a board-certified general and laparoscopic surgeon specializing in advanced minimally invasive colorectal and abdominal surgeries. With extensive experience and affiliations with prestigious medical associations, he provides exceptional surgical care in various healthcare centers.