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How Often Should You Get a Skin Cancer Screening?

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with an estimated 9,500 people diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every day. It’s so common, in fact, that 1 in 5 Americans will have skin cancer within their lifetimes.

That’s why, in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we’re here to answer a question that can hopefully help save lives and win the fight against skin cancer:

“How often should you get a skin cancer screening?”

Duluth Skin Cancer Screening

*individual results may vary.

Skin Cancer Check: When to Do It?

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to get a skin cancer screening every year. This becomes especially important if you have a history of skin cancer in the family, have been diagnosed with skin cancer before, or have had sunburns or spent time in tanning beds (even if that was years ago).

An annual skin cancer checkup is a good idea because it allows your Dermatology Provider to keep track of your progress. For example, if a mole has changed color or size in the year since your last check, your dermatologist can quickly perform a biopsy and analyze the mole in a lab.

Early detection is key in the fight against skin cancer – and no tool is more effective for early detection than the annual skin cancer screening!

Request a Consultation Today!

Our expert providers here at Twin Ports Dermatology would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

How to Prepare for Your Skin Cancer Screening

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the best way to prepare for your annual skin cancer screening include taking the following steps:

  • Make notes of any moles or lesions that you’d like your dermatologist to focus on. For example, if you think a new mole appeared in the year between your screening, your dermatologist can analyze the mole and perform a biopsy, if needed.
  •  Remove nail polish so your dermatologist can analyze your nail beds (yes, skin cancer lesions can be found underneath your fingernails and toenails!).
  • Don’t wear makeup or any lotions to your skin screening. This way, your dermatologist can ensure that he or she is able to accurately check your skin over without missing a potential lesion.
  • Wear your hair down or in a very loose ponytail so your dermatologist can check your scalp for skin cancer lesions.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your dermatologist plenty of questions!  


*individual results may vary


Take the First Step - Request A Consultation

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If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Twin Ports Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Duluth, MN office directly to schedule: 218-302-1000.

Twin Ports Dermatology serves the greater Duluth area. We’re the only locally owned private dermatology clinic & medspa in the area.

*Individual results may vary