Skin Cancer Screening

There are three main types of skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancers, while melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, squamous and basal cell are also malignant.

Examination and Biopsy

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that people be aware that fair skinned men and women age 65 and older, and people with atypical moles or more than 50 moles, are at greater risk for melanoma. Periodic skin examinations are the key to diagnosing skin cancer at its earliest stage, when it is most easily cured. Like many cancers, skin cancers start as precancerous lesions. These precancerous lesions are changes in skin that are not cancer, but could become cancer over time. So, look for abnormalities and changes to the skin. These can be noticed by the patient or the doctor, and can be verified by a dermatologist with a skin examination and a biopsy.

Screening Locations

Latham Dermatology

Community Care Physicians Dermatology provides a full range of services in the field of medical dermatology, including skin checks and skin cancer screenings.

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