Skin Cancer Screening and Mole Review

What to expect during a skin examination:

Once you are changed and ready, the dermatologist will enter the room with the physician’s assistant and begin a head-to-toe skin exam. This is a good time to ask about any spots you are worried about. Our dermatologists can educate you on what to look for, such as any changes in the size, color, borders, or shape of a mole.

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.