Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body – not just in spots that get a lot of sun. While the majority of skin cancers are basal and squamous cell cancers and are easy to treat, a growing number of skin cancer cases are melanoma, a more aggressive form of cancer that accounts for the majority of skin cancer deaths. So, it’s important to understand your options to detect skin cancer early though skin cancer screenings.

Performing a Skin Cancer Self-Exam

Early detection of skin cancer typically starts with an individual self-exam, using the “A, B, C, D, E” method to determine whether a mole or lesion should be cause for concern.

  • A: Asymmetric—One side of a mole or lesion looks different than the other. It is not uniform.
  • B: Border irregularity
  • C: Color— The mole changes in color over time.
  • D: Diameter—The mole’s diameter is increasing.
  • E: Evolution—Is the mole changing in any way? Is it growing, itching, or bleeding?

Any finding of concern should be brought to the attention of a board-certified dermatologist who can perform an in-office evaluation. If a suspicious mole or lesion is identified, your physician will conduct a biopsy to determine whether it is cancer.

Early Detection & Prevention of Skin Cancer with Molesafe

Patients at CentraState have access to a unique method to track suspicious skin lesions or moles. MoleSafe is a skin documentation system that uses total body photography to create an electronic record of your skin. CentraState was the first hospital in New Jersey to offer this advanced screening system.

Using a specialized digital camera, a trained nurse (melanographer) takes head-to-toe photos to create an electronic record of your skin. This record can be used during regular follow-up visits as a baseline for detecting changes in existing moles and lesions, as well as spotting any new ones.

Results from the MoleSafe screening are assessed and diagnosed by a melanoma dermatologist, and a detailed report is sent to your doctor that includes recommendations for treating and monitoring suspicious lesions.

Getting Screened for Skin Cancer

If you are due for a skin cancer screening, find a board-certified dermatologist at CentraState.