Skin Cancer Screening
CATCHING IT EARLY
EVERY SIX MONTHS
In over 25 years, not one person in the program has died from skin cancer or even had a close call:
The Skin Check Program – 1992 to Present
But NO DEATHS due to any skin cancers
Full skin examinations, if performed in a serial manner, ideally every 6 to 12 months, by dermatologists or other medical personnel who have been specifically trained for this procedure, can result in cures of skin cancer in almost all cases. We recommend such examinations for individuals with a history of significant past sun or ultraviolet light exposure (e.g. tanning salons), particularly if there have been severe or blistering sunburns at any time in the past, since this predisposes to melanoma in particular. In addition, we recommend these examinations for individuals with the following additional risk factors.
Fair skin types.
Red or blond hair.
Past history of any skin cancer.
Family history of melanoma.
Although not widely known by the public at this time, light skinned men over 50 are particularly at risk for both developing and dying of melanoma. We highly recommend that such individuals, particularly those with a history of multiple and/or severe sunburns, participate in serial screening programs. Doing so could be life-saving.