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How is a Skin Screening Performed

Skin screenings are procedures that diagnose potential skin conditions, including skin cancer. Typically, skin screenings are straightforward visual inspections carried out by Cochise Oncology doctors. They will look carefully for signs of skin changes that could be cancerous or precancerous, allowing them to form an effective treatment strategy.

When Should You Get a Skin Screening?

Unfortunately, skin cancer is now the most common cancer in the United States. According to data collected on behalf of the American Academy of Dermatology Association, 20 percent of Americans will develop the disease at some point during their life. 

Medical professionals advise that you get a skin screening at least once per year to detect signs of cancer. If your skin type puts you at a higher risk of developing the condition, you may want to receive visual examinations more often. Doctors at Cochise Oncology can advise you on precisely how frequently these should happen. 

Sometimes you will notice changes occurring more rapidly on your skin than usual. If you do, you may want to schedule an appointment immediately to ensure that the abnormalities are not cancerous. 

How is a Skin Screening Done?

Cochise Oncology skin screening is a full-body exam carried out by a licensed, trusted medical professional. Typically, the procedure only takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

Before you attend a skin screening, you’ll need to get changed out of your regular clothing and put on a medical gown. You do not have to remove your underwear unless you have a spot in that region that concerns you. 

Once you prepare, we will systematically begin checking your skin from the top of your scalp to your toes’ underside. Often, we will use a special handheld device called a dermascope to allow us to see your skin more clearly. During the procedure, you will notice that we pay particular attention to moles and other blemishes that are most likely to harbor cancerous or precancerous cells. We will also pay particular attention to regions most exposed to sunlight.

If we find anything that looks suspicious, we will arrange for a biopsy. This procedure involves removing a small sample of tissue and sending it off to the laboratory for comprehensive analysis.


Simply fill out the form on this page to request an appointment and one of our knowledgable team members will reach out to you. Or call our Sierra Vista oncology center to schedule directly at (520) 803-6644.

Benefits of Annual Skin Screenings

The benefits of annual skin screenings are substantial and include:

  • More peace of mind, knowing that blemishes and moles are not cancerous
  • Earlier detection and treatment of lesions, stopping the disease in its tracks before it becomes more serious
  • A more cost-effective way to avoid some of the more expensive cancer treatments you’ll need if you allow your disease to advance
  • A quick, easy, and comfortable method for detecting skin cancer, now the most common form of the disease in the US
  • Detect a variety of different types of skin cancer, including melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma


*Individual Results May Vary


At Cochise Oncology, we know optimal cancer treatment places the patient first – and our patients experience this every day. Read what our satisfied patients are saying about their experiences at Cochise Oncology.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to learn more about Skin Screenings? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 803-6644 or fill out the consultation form on this page. We look forward to meeting you!

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