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Skin Cancer Screening
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer today in the United States, with more than 9,500 people diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Furthermore, both skin cancer cases and deaths from skin cancer are on the rise, which is why it’s essential to undergo regular skin cancer screenings to detect this common condition early.
WHAT IS a Skin Cancer Screening?
A skin cancer screening is a thorough examination where our board-certified dermatologists inspect the skin for unusual marks or moles that do not look like the other moles nearby. During a skin cancer screening, we also look for the signs and symptoms of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanomas, which are the most common types of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States.
Skin Cancer Screening FAQ
A skin cancer screening is a simple, straightforward procedure that typically takes no longer than 30 minutes to complete. For the screening, you’ll be asked to remove all of your clothing and put on a gown. Then, your dermatologist will examine your skin – from the top of your scalp to the bottom of your feet – for any signs of cancer.
Furthermore, your dermatologist may use a bright light or hand-held magnification tool called a dermatoscope to look more closely at skin lesions.
The board-certified dermatologists at Cumberland Skin recommend performing self-exams of your skin on a monthly basis and visiting an experienced dermatologist for an annual skin cancer screening. However, if you have a family history of skin cancer or have a multitude of moles on your body, we recommend getting skin cancer screenings every 6 to 12 months.
While there is no exact age to start getting regular skin cancer screenings, there’s no wrong time to start either! We recommend getting an annual skin cancer screening once you turn 18 – especially if you are at an increased risk for skin cancer due to certain risk factors. These risk factors include:
- Fair appearance (light skin, blonde or red hair, blue or green eyes).
- Skin that burns or freckles easily.
- History of sunburns.
- Previous use of tanning beds.
- Significant amount of time spent outdoors on a daily basis.
- Family or personal history of skin cancer.
- Large quantity of moles.
If you’re over the age of 18, we recommend contacting our team of dermatologists to schedule your skin cancer screening at our state-of-the-art clinics in Tennessee.
Yes, skin cancer screenings are an important part of preventive care, as these exams help to detect skin cancer and prevent it from spreading or getting worse through effective treatment. Preventive care is any medical service or health care that protects against or reduces the likelihood of health emergencies.
This depends on your specific insurance plan, but most insurances cover skin cancer screenings. That said, before visiting Cumberland Skin for a skin cancer screening, we recommend contacting your insurance provider to get clarification on whether or not regular skin exams are covered.