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Skin Cancer Screening

What is a Skin Cancer Screening?

A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by our physician or nurse practitioner. No blood work is conducted at a screening. Please watch this video to learn what to expect during a screening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why are skin cancer screenings necessary?

Skin cancer will affect 1 in 5 Americans, and more than 3.5 million new cases in 2 million people are diagnosed each year. Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoms are the most common forms of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most deadly. With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma is about 95 percent. When melanoma is detected before it spreads, it also has a high cure rate. Regular self-skin exams and a yearly examination by a dermatologist help people find early skin cancers.

 

Which areas of my body will be screened for skin cancer?

Screenings take approximately 10 minutes, including completing the paperwork and getting your skin checked. If the screening is in a private setting, a full-body screening can be provided if you desire. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends full-body examinations. If the screening is in a public setting with limited privacy, only exposed areas (face, neck, arms, hands, etc.) will be visually inspected for skin cancer. This is a rapid screening for skin cancer and should not replace or be a substitute for a yearly examination.

 

How can I do a self exam?

Please watch the video and/or click on the PDF files below to read the instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video provided by the American Academy of Dermatology

Video provided by the American Academy of Dermatology

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