Skin Cancer Screenings: What to expect
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 is the most common cancer in the United States; in fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. 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.
How long with the screening take?
Screenings take approximately 10 minutes.
Which areas of my body will be screened for skin cancer?
A full-body screening can be provided if you desire. Dr. Danny recommends full-body examinations whenever possible. If the not, face, neck, arms, hands, will be visually inspected for skin cancer.
Will the screening take the place of my yearly exam with my dermatologist or physician?
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.
If you would like to schedule your yearly skin cancer screening, please feel free to call us or contact us at chicagoskinclinic.com