Do I Need a Skin Cancer Screening?headingContent

Posted on July 25, 2013

family of 4 mom holding daughter and dad and son standingA skin cancer screening is a painless examination that could save your life.

Summer is here! Are you certain your skin is healthy and cancer-free? In the United States, skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more new cases of skin cancer each year than lung, breast, prostate, and colon cancer combined. Nearly half of all Americans who reach middle age will experience skin cancer at least once in their lives. Although most patients recover fully from skin cancer, the disease can turn fatal if it is ignored and given time to spread.

Catching It Early
Early detection and prevention is your best bet against skin cancer. You can examine yourself by searching for any abnormal moles, patches of skin, or unexplained sore or itchy spots on the skin. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, make an appointment for a screening right away.

Why Get a Professional Screening?
Skin cancer screenings are a good idea even if you don’t find any trouble spots on your own. The examination is completely painless, it lasts about 10 minutes, and many dermatologists will offer this service for free through the American Academy of Dermatology. You should definitely consider making an appointment if:

  • You are even a little suspicious about anything on your skin
  • Your family history includes melanoma
  • You have history of bad sunburns
  • You have a lot of freckles or moles
  • You’ve never had a doctor examine your skin before

If you notice an abnormal mole or patch on your skin, you can get it checked out by a doctor in the Tenet Florida Physician Services network. Make an appointment at our website or give us a call at 1-866-654-2362.