The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions
Skin Self-exam—A visual check of your skin from head to toe. Tips for performing a skin self-exam include:
Skin Exam by a Physician—If you have any increased risk for developing melanoma, an annual skin examination by a dermatologist may be appropriate. Your ophthalmologist or optometrist should also check the back of your eyes for possible melanomas as part of your routine examination.
The National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society recommend that you perform monthly skin self-exams, especially if you have many moles. If you notice any changes, contact your healthcare provider.
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Last reviewed April 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 4/8/2013
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