Skin Cancer Screening Exams
Skin cancer screening is recommended only for adults at increased risk. That’s because they have a higher chance of getting the disease.
Being at increased risk doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get skin cancer. But, you may need to start regular screening exams. So if you do get skin cancer, your doctor finds it at its earliest stage. When found early, the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.
Along with regular exams, practice awareness. This means you should be familiar with your skin. That way you’ll notice changes as well as new growths. Then, report them to your doctor without delay. Learn the ABC’s of melanoma:
Promptly show your doctor any:
If you identify with one or more of the groups below, we recommend an annual, full-body skin cancer screening exam:
Personal pre-cancerous conditions
These recommendations serve as a guide. Promptly show your doctor any suspicious skin area, non-healing sore or change in a mole or freckle. If exam results suggest cancer, more extensive diagnostic tests should be conducted.