Skin Cancer Screening
It's time to get checked
Need To Know
A skin cancer screening is a skin exam to identify signs of skin cancer. With regular skin cancer screenings, you can ensure that any signs of skin cancer are identified early. Early diagnosis is the key to successfully treating and curing skin cancer.
Important Skin Cancer Facts
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer? Millions of people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year in the United States, and numbers are rising. Thankfully, the most common forms of skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas) can be cured with early detection and proper treatment.
Unlike other cancers, skin cancer is visible. You can almost always identify skin cancer on the surface of your skin, so skin cancer screenings are highly effective in spotting skin cancer, even in the early stages of the disease.
How it Works
What To Expect
Skin cancer screenings typically only last 10 minutes, unless your doctor notices an abnormal mole. After discussing any particular moles that you’re concerned about, your doctor will examine your entire body for signs of skin cancer.
During the screening, your doctor will check for specific mole characteristics that may indicate skin cancer. These are called the “ABCDEs” and include:
- Border irregularity
- Color (a mole that is non-uniform in color may indicate skin cancer)
- Diameter (a mole sized above ¼ inch may be skin cancer)
- Evolving (moles that change over time may indicate skin cancer)