What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer refers to a group of cancers, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, that affect the dermis. Specific types of cells in the skin begin dividing uncontrollably, leading to spots. These can then spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream.
What Happens During a Skin Cancer Screening?
A skin cancer screening at Cochise Oncology is a visual examination of your skin by a doctor, followed up by additional tests. We begin by checking your skin carefully, using their experience and knowledge. We may then follow up with additional tests, such as biopsies if we find anything suspicious.
During a skin cancer screening, our doctors follow the ABCDEs of melanoma. This means that they will look for:
- A: Asymmetry of any spots on your skin
- B: Borders and whether they are changing, jagged, poorly defined, or scalloped
- C: Color changes of suspicious spots on your skin
- D: Diameter changes of moles
- E: Evolution or whether the spot is changing in size, shape, or color over time
If we find anything that might be cancer, we will recommend that you come for regular monitoring. We may also suggest a treatment plan.