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What can I expect to happen during a skin cancer full body exam?

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A full-body skin cancer screening usually takes 10 minutes, or longer if the doctor sees any moles that look unusual. You’ll take off all of your clothes and put on a medical exam gown. Your doctor will ask if you have any moles that concern you. She will then look at every inch of your body -- from your face, chest, arms, back, and legs to less-visible places like your scalp, between your toes, and the soles of your feet.

SOURCES:

Bruce Robinson, MD, spokesperson, American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Make the Most of Your Visit to the Dermatologist,” “Early Detection and Self Exams.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “What to expect at a SPOTme skin cancer screening.”

CDC: “Skin Cancer: What Screening Tests Are There?”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Screening (PDQ).”

Journal of the American Medical Association : “Screening for Skin Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Skin Cancer in Adults.”

MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Skin Cancer Screening Exams.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Screening Guidelines.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

Bruce Robinson, MD, spokesperson, American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Make the Most of Your Visit to the Dermatologist,” “Early Detection and Self Exams.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “What to expect at a SPOTme skin cancer screening.”

CDC: “Skin Cancer: What Screening Tests Are There?”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Screening (PDQ).”

Journal of the American Medical Association : “Screening for Skin Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Skin Cancer in Adults.”

MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Skin Cancer Screening Exams.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Screening Guidelines.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 31, 2019

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