Have you had a skin cancer screening? This preventive procedure does not take more than a few minutes, but it can save your life. The cure rate for skin cancer is extremely high — 99% for first-time diagnoses and 94% for recurrent cases. Early intervention is key to preventing cancer from spreading. In most cases, health insurance providers include skin cancer tests as part of their free annual wellness coverage.
Who Needs a Skin Cancer Screening?
Skin cancer screenings are recommended for adults who have:
- A family history of melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, or squamous cell carcinoma
- A history or currently experience excessive sun exposure (Over one hour during peak UV levels between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
- A previous skin cancer diagnosis
- Sensitive skin
- Pale skin, blonde or red hair, and/or light-colored eyes
- Experienced one or more blistering sunburns
- Over 50 moles
Additionally, anyone who notices changes to moles, birthmarks, or new growths should contact a local dermatologist for a skin cancer screening.
How Common Is Skin Cancer?
Approximately 5.4 million people are diagnosed with basal or squamous cell carcinoma each year. Melanoma, though more well-known, is the least common type of skin cancer, making up 4% of all cases. However, it is the most severe form of skin cancer, so early diagnosis and treatment is crucial.
Although skin cancer has a high survival rate, it needs to be addressed early to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body. Early detection and intervention can prevent lengthy and expensive cancer treatments, pain, and emotional suffering.
Book Your Next Screening in Plantation, FL
Our team includes Dr. Steven Barilla, an experienced dermatologist, and Dan Lebovits, a dermatology physician assistant. Shontrice Marcus, our licensed skincare specialist, also provides support to patients with a variety of medical dermatology conditions.
Please request an appointment online or call our office at (954) 577-5161.