Skin cancer is a common type of cancer that affects millions of Americans each year. However, the disease has a very high cure rate if caught early. Because of this, people are often curious to find out how often they should get checked for skin cancer.
What is skin cancer screening?
Skin cancer screening is a simple procedure that involves a visit to a board certified dermatologist, for a complete skin check. This is a full body examination of the skin, during which the dermatologist will check for any suspicious moles or other marks (learn more).
How often should I get checked for skin cancer?
It is generally recommended that all adults have annual cancer screenings done by a dermatologist. This is particularly critical for people that have a greater risk of developing skin cancer.
Individuals that are at high risk for skin cancer include people with a family history of skin cancer, precancerous skin lesions, fair skin, and those with a personal history of skin cancer. Excessive sun exposure and using tanning beds, also puts people at risk for skin cancer.
Do your own checks
You should also do regular self-checks to detect any suspicious moles, as many cases of skin cancer are picked up early by patients themselves. If you do notice any changes in the size, shape, texture, or color of existing moles, or if any new ones emerge, it is important to consult with your dermatologist immediately.
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