Fox Chase offers a Risk Assessment Program for individuals and families at risk for cancer and those with cancer—including cancers of the breast, ovaries, prostate, skin and colon. Our team of physicians, nurses and genetic counselors provides clinical and genetic evaluation and testing, screening and cancer risk-reduction services.
Skin Cancer Screening
Knowing the signs of skin cancer and getting regular check-ups can help find skin cancer at an early stage. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.
Annual screening exams by a dermatologist can help look for cancer before you have any signs or symptoms. The screening exam involves a careful full-body check of your skin. The exam may show precancerous spots called actinic keratoses that often appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the face, ears, back of the hands and arms. This condition can increase your risk of getting skin cancer so if you have actinic keratosis, it is important to stay up to date with your skin checkups.
In addition to factors that can lead to skin cancer, your personal genetics can influence your risk. Learn more about inherited family history factors.
The National Cancer Institute provides more information on skin cancer.