Cancer Center

Phone Numbers

Hematology / Oncology
(803) 794-7511
Radiation Oncology
(803) 791-2575
Women's Imaging
(803) 791-2486

Skin Cancer Screening

Early Detection

  • Free community exams at special events.
  • State-of-the-art radiation program focused on conserving skin.
  • More than 20 years of outpatient surgical treatment.

What should I know about screenings?

A visual exam is used to detect skin cancer. If found early before it spreads, there's a very high chance of eliminating skin cancer entirely.

Do I need to be tested?

Yes if:

  • You've noticed any moles, freckles or spots changing size or shape.
  • You spend long periods of time in the sun.
  • You frequently use a tanning bed.
  • You have a family history of skin cancer.

How often should I be tested?

You should monitor your own skin and check for changes every month.

How often you should have an official exam varies from person to person. Ask your doctor how often you should come in for a skin check.

What happens if you find something?

If your doctor notices a suspicious spot, he or she may remove some or all of it for lab testing.

What will happen during the screening?

Your doctor will do a visual examination of your skin, which will take about 10 minutes. He or she may ask you to keep an eye on certain spots on a daily basis.

If your doctor needs to remove part or all of a spot for lab testing, it can be done quickly while you're still in the exam room.