What is Done During a Skin Screening?

Skin screenings are conducted by a dermatologist, and are used to identify any areas of concern on the skin, especially those which are potentially cancerous. Normally, the screening will include a careful inspection of the patient’s skin, and if a region of concern is discovered, a biopsy may be performed. A biopsy is a procedure where a sample of the skin is obtained, in order to evaluate it for cancerous cells. Since prompt detection of skin cancer is vital to the effectiveness of treatment, self-exams, as well as annual skin cancer screenings are tremendously important.

How Long Will the Cancer Screening Take?

This remains dependent on the patient. If he/she is being evaluated for other skin issues, such as psoriasis or eczema, the exam generally takes ~10 minutes. It is imperative to remember that if the doctor is testing for a specific concern, the skin screening can take longer. At Reforma Dermatology, our goal is to guarantee a comprehensive screening in which no region is overlooked.

Which Areas of the Body Will Be Tested?

Customarily, the skin cancer screening will be held in a private exam room with the patient, the dermatologist and medical assistant only present. It is suggested to undergo a full body screening because concerns can be found in numerous areas.

Is It Necessary to go Every Year?

A person’s skin can change a great deal in 12 months. It is essential to regularly examine the skin to ensure that any concerns or issues are identified in their preliminary stages. Executing self-exams is also highly encouraged. If a change is observed, patients should go to the dermatologist. Additionally, for patients who have a family history of skin cancer, have personally had skin cancer, or have several moles, they should have a skin screening performed more frequently.