Skin Cancer Screening
1 in 5 Americans of all ethnicities will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 50 will be diagnosed with Melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers. An estimated 76,380 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the US in 2016. 1 person dies of melanoma every hour. The 5 year survival rate for early stage melanoma is 98%.
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. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a full-body screening with your dermatologist at least once a year. This entails a visual inspection of your skin. A biopsy may be ordered for sites that your provider suspects could be an area of concern.
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.
* Information thanks to AAD.org.