How and How Often Should I Be Screened for Skin Cancer?
With all of this in mind, Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona recommends all adults check their skin and moles every 3 months and to have a doctor check them once each year.
When checking your own skin, it is important to find a private area in your home with good lighting. You will also need a handheld mirror to help you see your back and the back of the neck.
Be sure that you look at all moles and skin irregularities. Note the position, size, color, and the border of each mole. If you note any changes in these moles, it’s important to then schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.
In addition to your own personal screening, it is recommended that you visit your dermatologist once each year for a formal, thorough screening. The highly trained physician knows exactly what to look for and what type of treatment will be necessary.
If you have a history of skin cancer, your physician may recommend in-office screenings more than once each year.