Skin Cancer Screening
One in every 55 Americans will develop melanoma in their life time. Mid Florida Dermatology specializes in skin cancer screenings and we recommend seeing one of our dermatology experts at least once a year for check-ups.
What is a skin cancer screening?
A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. No blood work is conducted at 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. People of all colors and races can get skin cancer. There are many different types of skin cancer, including actinic keratoses (AK), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. BCC and SCC are the most common forms of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most deadly. With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for BCC and SCC 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 whenever possible. 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 with your physician or dermatologist.
* Information thanks to AAD.org.