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RECOMMENDATIONS from MD Anderson Cancer Center
Skin Cancer Screening Exams https://www.mdanderson.org/prevention-screening/get-screened/skin-cancer-screening.html
Skin cancer screening is recommended only for adults at increased risk. That’s because they have a higher chance of getting the disease.
Being at increased risk doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get skin cancer. But, you may need to start regular screening exams. So if you do get skin cancer, your doctor finds it at its earliest stage. When found early, the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.
Along with regular exams, practice awareness. This means you should be familiar with your skin. That way you’ll notice changes. Then, report them to your doctor without delay.
Promptly show your doctor any:
Suspicious skin area
Sore that doesn’t heal
Change in a mole or freckle
Get a full-body skin cancer screening exam every year if you identify with one or more of the groups below:
Red hair and freckles albinism
More than 50 moles
Family history of melanoma
Genetic syndromes that make you sensitive to the sun
Too much sun exposure
Frequent trips to the tanning salon
One or more blistering sunburn(s)
Personal pre-cancerous conditions
Dysplastic nevi (unusual moles)
Personal skin cancer history
Basal and squamous cell cancer
Other cancer treatments that increase risk
Exams for those who have had melanoma
If you have had melanoma (a type of skin cancer), you need a different plan to check for cancer recurrence.