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How Long Do Skin Cancer Screenings Take?

Since skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, screenings aren’t a step you should skip. Cochise Oncology performs skin cancer screenings to catch early signs of skin cancer when the condition is most treatable.

What is a Skin Cancer Screening?

Skin cancer screening is a process of examining the skin to detect any signs of skin cancer. It involves thoroughly examining the skin, including the scalp, face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, feet, and nails. 

During the appointment, your Cochise Oncology provider may also ask questions about your medical history, including any previous skin cancer diagnoses or treatments and any family history of skin cancer. A skin cancer screening aims to detect any potential skin cancer early on when it is most treatable. If any suspicious lesions or growths are detected during the screening, we may perform a biopsy to determine whether they are cancerous.

What to Expect During a Skin Cancer Screening

During a skin cancer screening at Cochise Oncology, you can tell your doctor about any skin concerns, and they will pay special attention to these. You’ll be asked to undress and given a gown or drape to cover yourself with, while the healthcare professional examines your skin from head to toe. We ask that you arrive at the appointment with clean skin and no makeup so your provider can effectively examine your skin.

Your doctor will carefully examine any moles, freckles, or other spots on your skin, looking for signs of skin cancer. They may use a dermatoscope, a special magnifying instrument, to get a closer look at any suspicious spots. This process typically takes 15 minutes, and your whole appointment will likely take an hour or less.

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?

During a skin cancer screening, your doctor looks for several possible skin cancer signs. Potential signs of basal or squamous cell carcinoma include:

  • Red, discolored, or pearl-colored bumps
  • Skin that is flaking, crusty, or itchy
  • Sensitive or irritated skin
  • A sore that keeps coming back

Your provider will also check any moles for signs of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. They will look for moles that are asymmetrical, multicolored, have uneven borders, or have grown larger.


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.

How Often Should I Get Skin Cancer Screenings?

Skin cancer is the most common type but is very treatable if caught early on, so it’s especially important to watch for symptoms. The most effective way to catch skin cancer is with regular screenings. We recommend yearly skin cancer screenings for anyone over the age of 35. If you are at a higher risk of skin cancer due to fair skin or family history, you may want to start annual screenings earlier.


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Take the Next Step

Do you have questions about skin cancer screenings? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 803-6644 or fill out the consultation form on this page. 

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