Schedule your annual skin cancer screening at King-Maceyko
What is Skin Cancer Screening?
A skin cancer screening is very similar to other types of cancer screenings, in which our board-certified dermatologists will assess the health of your skin and the presence of skin cancer. Affecting over 4 million people in the United States every year, skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting Americans.
Our providers use a number of procedures and tools to determine whether there are cancerous cells within the various layers of the skin, including the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. The most common types of cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma – affect different layers of the skin, so it’s important to receive regular skin cancer screenings to ensure early detection.
Skin Cancer Screening FAQs
When researching skin cancer screenings, we understand many questions come up, especially if you are concerned you may have a cancerous mole or lesion on your skin. Review some of the most commonly asked questions below. Contact our board-certified providers with any questions about the health of your skin.
Depending on whether or not your insurance provider considers skin cancer screening preventive, it may be covered by your plan. If you’re unsure of what’s covered under your health insurance for cancer screenings, it is best to communicate with them before scheduling your initial appointment.
While most people should start receiving skin cancer screenings in their 20s and 30s, others who spend more time in the sun, have a family history of skin cancer, or have been diagnosed with skin cancer in the past should receive more frequent skin cancer screenings. During your initial appointment, speak with our providers to determine the frequency with which you should schedule your skin cancer screenings.
Under some insurance plans, skin cancer screenings may be considered preventive. It’s best to speak with your insurance provider to determine whether this service is considered preventive and covered under your insurance plan.
During a skin cancer screening, our board-certified dermatologists will utilize one or several approaches to determine the health of your skin. Our providers perform a visual assessment with and without a dermatoscopy to assess moles or nevi present on your skin. We also determine the depth of those within the layers of your skin.
If there is concern about any moles or nevi on your skin, our providers will request a biopsy for further evaluation to determine the presence of skin-cancerous cells.
Like many cancer screenings, there are regular intervals for early detection. Our board-certified dermatologists at King-Maceyko recommend receiving a skin cancer screening annually to catch skin cancer in its earliest stages to improve the chances of overcoming the disease.
Skin Cancer Screening Photos
Do you have moles or nevi on your skin demonstrating the ABCDEs of skin cancer? View the photos in our gallery to see if your skin resembles those below, and schedule your skin cancer screening for early detection.
Schedule Your Annual Skin Cancer Screening at King-Maceyko Dermatology
Do you suspect you may have a cancerous lesion or mole on your skin? Have you received a skin cancer screening before and need to schedule your annual screening as a preventative measure? Our board-certified dermatologists offer skin cancer screenings at our dermatology clinics in Somerset, Johnstown, and Indiana, Pennsylvania. Early diagnosis is one of the best ways to improve the outcome of a skin cancer diagnosis.