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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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What is a Skin Cancer Screening?


Skin Cancer Facts and More



What happens at a skin cancer screening?  

A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional of your moles, freckles and other marks. There is no need to take blood, and nothing will be cut or removed at the time of the screening. Screenings generally take only 15 minutes. 

Do I have to pay for the skin cancer screening? 

It depends. If you find a dermatologic surgeon volunteering through our Choose Skin Health program, a public service partnership between the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and Neutrogena, no. Those screenings are provided free and there is no need for payment or any type of insurance. Find a volunteer near you today. However, if you see your own dermatologic surgeon, the fee will vary. 

Where will they look on my body for skin cancer?  

At a screening in a doctor's office, you will most likely need to undress for the screening so that your entire body can be carefully checked. If the screening is at a public event, the doctor will do a visual inspection of exposed skin areas such as face, head, arms, hands, legs and feet. 

Skin Cancer Screening WomanWho will check my skin for skin cancer?  

A dermatologic surgeon will provide the screening. 

What is a dermatologic surgeon? 

Dermatologic surgeons are dermatologists who have unique qualifications and experience in the use of a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical methods of treating the skin and preventing skin problems. 

For more information on skin cancer screenings are part of the free Choose Skin Health program, please download our PDF and search for a volunteer near you!

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