Skin Cancer Screening

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

There are over 2.35 million people that live in the greater Pittsburgh area. That means that over 470,000 of us in this area who will develop skin cancer in our lifetimes. There are more new cases of skin cancer each year than all cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon combined. Early detection through skin cancer screening makes it possible to fight back. Most skin cancers are curable if they can be found and addressed early.

In-office skin cancer screenings, as well self-skin exams, are an important piece for early detection.  At a skin cancer screening appointment one of our providers will visually examine your skin for signs of melanoma or non melanoma skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma) and pre-cancerous growths (actinic keratoses).  Sometimes, a skin biopsy or treatment of pre-cancerous growths may be performed at this time.  Our providers will also instruct you on how to perform an at-home self-skin exam and what suspicious signs to look for.

What is Dermoscopy?

Our clinicians are well-trained in the identification of skin cancer.  They are also well-trained in the use of dermoscopy to better identify cancerous versus non-cancerous lesions.  Dermoscopy is examination of the skin using a dermatoscope, which is a a hand-held magnifier that uses a polarized lens and light to better examine the skin.  Studies suggest that a provider trained in dermoscopy may be up to 35% more accurate in identifying suspicious moles and may reduce the number of non-cancerous lesions removed.

Common Cancerous and Potentially Pre-Cancerous Growths

Actinic Keratosis Congenital Mole Skin Cancer
Atypical Mole Melanoma Spitz Nevus
Basal Cell Carcinoma Moles Squamous Cell Carcinoma