How often should you see your dermatologist for routine skin exams? The government says maybe not at all. The US Preventive Services Task Force recently released “a draft update of its statement on visual skin cancer exams for people who don’t show signs of [skin] disease.” The USPSTF, “in the draft…reiterated its view that the current body of research is not clear enough to lend its approval to routine skin checks.” The problem is that millions of people each year get diagnosed with skin cancer. All people should perform regular self skin exams every few months. See a growth that’s changing or growing? Have a spot that bleeds, or is painful? These lesions need to be evaluated by your dermatologist. Also, if you have a family history of melanoma or large numbers of moles then see your dermatologist for a baseline skin examination. Early treatment is the best way to beat skin cancer.


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