• How often should you get skin abnormalities checked?

    Asked by Sunnysideup on Thursday, February 21, 2013

    How often should you get skin abnormalities checked?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • Clyde's Avatar

      As a matter of course, you should have a dermo checkup every six months. If you see something changing, immediately.

      over 7 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar

      I think the best thing is to keep an eye on yourself...I do that, and see a dermatologist every 6 months.

      over 7 years ago
    • Dick_K's Avatar

      Watching your own skin is an excellent first step. As a follow-up, regular exams from a dermatologist, preferably one with melanoma experience, is a must. There is a lot of current thinking that annual exams are adequate unless there is a personal or family skin cancer history, or something unusual on your skin. Prior to my melanoma recurrence in 2009 I had skin exams on an annual basis. Since then I get them every twelve weeks, but that is because of the protocol of the clinical trial I participate in.

      A personal note about my recurrence, the melanoma had metastasized to my lungs and would not have been found by a dermatological exam.

      over 7 years ago
    • Sunnysideup's Avatar

      Thanks, I guess I just have a hard time deciding what is "abnormal" and what may be nothing to worry about. I don't want to be running to the Dr. all the time. But I'm afraid to let it go.

      over 7 years ago

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