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How Much Does a Skin Cancer Screening Cost?

Everyone has an assortment of spots and marks on their skin, and most cause no harm. However, some of these spots could indicate skin cancer. A skin cancer screening is a fast, non-invasive way to check for any issues. In most cases, a skin cancer screening is one of the preventative tests people should have every year after a certain age. 

What is a Skin Cancer Screening? 

A skin cancer screening is a non-invasive procedure where your skin is examined for any signs of skin cancer. Your doctor will check everywhere on your skin, including your scalp. They may also recommend additional scans or tests. Your doctor can check areas of skin that you cannot see, spotting moles or lesions you may not have noticed. They also know when an innocent-looking bump needs a second look. 

How Much Does a Skin Cancer Screening Cost?

Most health insurance plans treat a skin cancer screening just like your other yearly screenings. Although there are exceptions, most insurance plans will cover some or all of the cost. If you need additional testing, insurance will usually cover that as well. If you do not have insurance, reach out to us so we can ensure you have access to screening. 

What Do You Look For During a Skin Cancer Screening?

During your skin cancer screening, your doctor will be primarily looking for three types of cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Squamous and basal cell carcinomas form in different layers of the skin. Melanoma forms from pigment-producing cells called melanocytes. 

Squamous and basal cell carcinomas most often appear in areas exposed to the sun, including the face, chest, arms, and scalp. They can appear as bumps or flat patches that look red, pearly, or flaky. They may itch or feel irritated, or they may not feel any different than the rest of your skin. 

Melanoma usually appears as a mole or clump of melanocytes. Screening for melanoma follows the ABCDE rule:

  • Asymmetric moles
  • Borders that look uneven or ragged
  • Colors that look mottled or patchy
  • Diameter greater than 6mm
  • Evolution or changes in a mole

Your doctor will take a biopsy of any concerning spots and send it for testing. If the testing determines that skin cancer is present, further tests will determine the best course of treatment.


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.

Who Should Have a Skin Cancer Screening?

A skin cancer screening is non-invasive, painless, and quick. Most people over the age of 35 should have one every year. You should be especially diligent if you:

  • Have red or blond hair
  • Have very fair skin and burn easily
  • Have a history of frequent sunburns
  • Have spent a lot of time in the sun
  • Have a family history of skin cancer

While people with fair hair, skin, and eyes are especially susceptible to skin cancer, people with darker skin still need screenings. 


*Individual Results May Vary


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Do you have questions about skin cancer screenings? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 335-9460 or fill out the consultation form on this page.

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