What screening tests are available for basal cell carcinoma?

Screening is also important for preventing and detecting basal cell carcinoma, so remember to check your skin regularly for any unusual growths, bumps or patches of skin, and to discuss any abnormalities or concerns with your primary care doctor or dermatologist.

For many patients, screenings include:

Family History Analysis: Many skin tumor types can be inherited. In fact, while basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are often caused by sun exposure or UV (ultraviolet) rays exposure, researchers have found that several hereditary syndromes and genes are associated with an increased risk of developing these types of nonmelanoma cancers.

Monthly Skin Self-Check List: One in five Americans will develop skin cancer, but the earlier you spot it, the easier it is to treat and even cure.

Here is an easy self-check list:

  1. Examine your body in front of a full-length mirror.
  2. Remember to look at the back of your neck, all around your legs and also at your feet – including the spaces between your toes.
  3. Check your scalp, including the area around and behind each ear.
  4. Use a hand-held mirror to examine your buttocks, genitalia and lower back.

If you see anything that appears suspicious or out of the norm for you, it’s important to check with your primary care doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible.

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