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How do you screen for skin cancer, is it important to screen for skin cancer?
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Dermatologist & yes
Those at risk should, it includes fair (light colored, freckled) skinned individuals.
Sun damaged skin and those with nevi and moles. The main way is to look at all the skin and look at lesions and moles by a specialist, the dermatologist. The patient should also keep an eye on lesions, enlarging or growing, asymmetry, color changes, bleeding, larger than a pencil eraser should be checked.

In brief: Dermatologist & yes
Those at risk should, it includes fair (light colored, freckled) skinned individuals.
Sun damaged skin and those with nevi and moles. The main way is to look at all the skin and look at lesions and moles by a specialist, the dermatologist. The patient should also keep an eye on lesions, enlarging or growing, asymmetry, color changes, bleeding, larger than a pencil eraser should be checked.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Skin cancer screening involves your physician or dermatology going over your entire body looking for suspicious lesion.
Areas of concern are biopsied. A large study from germany recently demonstrated that routine skin cancer screening reduced melanoma mortality rates. http://goo.gl/twll8.

In brief: Yes
Skin cancer screening involves your physician or dermatology going over your entire body looking for suspicious lesion.
Areas of concern are biopsied. A large study from germany recently demonstrated that routine skin cancer screening reduced melanoma mortality rates. http://goo.gl/twll8.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Look in the mirror!
Look for enlarging lesions.
There are many skin cancers, but if you any bumps which are enlarging or changing with time, have them checked out. Melanoma risk goes up if a lesion is (abcd): asymmetric, has irregular borders, has different colors, and diameter >6mm. If in doubt, get it checked out.

In brief: Look in the mirror!
Look for enlarging lesions.
There are many skin cancers, but if you any bumps which are enlarging or changing with time, have them checked out. Melanoma risk goes up if a lesion is (abcd): asymmetric, has irregular borders, has different colors, and diameter >6mm. If in doubt, get it checked out.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
I would also advise that if you have any suspicious moles, take a digital picture with a ruler next to the mole. Check for yourself if it changes over time, and share this picture with your doctor.
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