People with fair complexions, those who have had several blistering sunburns, individuals with a family history of skin cancer and those who have been exposed to coal tar, pitch, arsenic compounds, creosote, or radium are at risk and should be screened.
It's important to pay attention to changes in your skin and see a doctor if you notice a change in the size or color of a mole or freckle, a new mole or lesion, or an area of scaliness, itching, bleeding, tenderness or pain.
MD Anderson dermatologists will perform a head-to-toe skin evaluation. If needed, we can perform a skin biopsy immediately. A head-to-toe skin screening exam is recommended annually for adults with an increased risk.
The clinic also provides education on reducing the risk of skin cancer and how to avoid a second occurrence.