What to Expect from a Skin Cancer Screening

Learn what happens during a skin cancer screening and save the date for an upcoming free screening at MCA!

It's inevitable–summertime means lots of sun and extensive exposure to UV rays. After many years of this type of exposure, it's critical that men and women have their skin and moles examined for potential irregularities, signs of damage or pre-cancerous changes.

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.? Did you know that melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is 99% curable if caught early?

Here is what you can expect from a skin cancer screening:

  • Your medical history. The physician will want to know your medical history, if relatives have had skin cancer and if you have had any moles or skin legions removed in the past. She will also want to know if any moles or areas of skin are irregular, not healing, oozing, painful or bothersome in any way.
  • Privacy. In order to do a thorough screening, the physician will need to examine your entire body. Every patient is offered a private examining room.
  • Record keeping. Your physician will make note of any moles that should be watched or removed. She might encourage you to keep careful record of your moles for future appointments also.
  • A quick appointment. Generally, skin screenings do not take very long.
  • Advice. You will be offered important skin cancer prevention advice. Be sure to ask any questions and be proactive about your skin's health.

FREE Skin Cancer Screening at MCA

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, Medical Center Arlington is offering free skin cancer screenings to area residents. You can expect:

  • A free skin screening
  • Screenings available to all ages
  • Private rooms for evaluations
  • Patients being screened on a first come, first seen basis
  • No appointments required
  • Visual / external examinations only

Do you have any questions about this event? Contact Deborah R. Su at (817) 472-4764. For a physician referral at MCA, please call 1-855-868-6262.

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