Skin Cancer Screening

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Skin cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, but only if it is detected early. A skin cancer screening from Dr. Vivian Bucay can help assess your for risk skin cancer and identify any problem areas.

What Happens During a Skin Cancer Screening?

A skin cancer screening is a visual examination of the skin. The goal of the examination is to find any indication that skin cancer may be present. Signs of skin cancer can include the presence of multiple moles, uneven or blotchy moles, moles that appear to be changing color, or lesions.

Skin cancer can happen anywhere on the body, which is why a full body screening is recommended. A full body screening allows dermatologists to examine you from head to toe to find any indication of skin cancer. Dr. Bucay will inspect your scalp, arms, legs, back, and face.  She will even inspect your fingernails and toenails, as skin cancer can form under the nails.

How Long will a Skin Cancer Screening Last?

The length of time a skin cancer screen lasts will vary depending on the patient. Most screenings last approximately 10 minutes. Individuals who have multiple moles or who already have a history of skin cancer may have screenings that last between 20 to 30 minutes.

What Happens if Something Suspicious is Found During a Skin Cancer Screening?

Suspicious growths, lesions, and moles may be discovered during a skin cancer screening. These may not be cancerous, but it is best to take a closer look at them. In this situation, a biopsy will be performed.

When a biopsy is conducted, our dermatologist will remove a small layer of skin or clip off the lesion/growth. The layer or skin/growth/lesion is sent to a lab where it is examined under a microscope. This close examination of the skin/growth/lesion helps identify if cancer is present.

How Often Should a Skin Cancer Screening be Conducted?

A full body skin cancer screening should be conducted at least once a year, especially if there is a history of skin cancer. If there are any noticeable changes or concerns that arise during that year, it is always best to schedule an appointment to discuss those concerns with our dermatologist.

Once the skin cancer screening is completed, we can create a customized treatment/prevention plan for you.