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What to Expect During a Skin Cancer Screening

Today, many patients go for regular skin screenings. Melanomas and other forms of skin cancers are common and can appear at any time. So screenings help doctors diagnose them as early as possible, catching them before they spread to other parts of the body. 

But what actually happens during a skin cancer screening? What does it involve?

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



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 You Have a Skin Cancer Screening?

Ideally, you should come for skin cancer screenings annually. When you catch melanoma early, your chances of survival are 99 percent. However, as skin cancer progresses and spreads deeper into the skin and other parts of the body, it becomes harder to treat. 

Benefits of Annual Skin Cancer Screenings

Coming for regular skin cancer screenings at Cochise Oncology provides a host of benefits. 

  • Screenings provide peace of mind: Being anxious all the time about a spot on your skin can harm your quality of life. It could be nothing to worry about, but when you fear that it’s cancer, you can’t relax. Coming for screenings, therefore, helps to put your mind at ease. We let you know whether the spot or mole is a reason for concern or not. 
  • Screenings let you track changes: With melanoma and other forms of skin cancer, it is critical to track changes in the skin. As melanoma progresses, its visual appearance can change. Benign spots can become dangerous. So monitoring them regularly provides an early warning of potential issues in the future. 

Screenings protect high-risk patients: Patients with a history of intense sun exposure, more than 50 moles, blonde or red hair, and a family history of skin cancer are at much higher risk of developing the disease. Thus, regular screenings allow you to pre-empt the disease. 


*Individual Results May Vary


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Take the Next Step

Are you ready to learn more about skin cancer screening? 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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