Each year, nearly 6 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed and treated in the United States. If that seems like a high number, it’s because it is. There are more cases of skin cancer every year than all other types of cancer combined. In fact, 1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer by the time they reach 70.

At The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness, the primary interest of our dermatological staff is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancer. For patients from Grants Pass, Ashland, and Northern California, we recommend that you schedule annual full-body skin exams and skin cancer screenings at our Medford, OR, dermatology practice to ensure your skin remains healthy and cancer-free.

How To Prepare for Your Full-Body Skin Cancer Screening

Before your exam, you should perform your own check so you are aware of any areas that may need a more in-depth look. Skin cancer doesn’t just affect the areas that are exposed to the sun, so be sure to check for spots on your scalp, behind your ears, under your arms, and around your genitals.

If there are any new growths that concern you, mention them to your provider. Additionally, let your provider know if you have any existing growths or moles that have changed in size, shape, or color, or have started to itch or bleed.

You will also want to remove any makeup or nail polish (on both your fingers and toes) before your exam so your provider can see if there are any suspicious spots under your nails.

What To Expect at Your Full-Body Skin Cancer Screening


When you come in for your full-body exam, you will disrobe to the level you are comfortable with and put on a gown. Some people choose not to remove their undergarments, which is up to your personal preference, but this means that your provider cannot check the covered areas for unusual spots.

Discussing Your History

If it is your first appointment with us, your provider will go over your medical history as well as your family history of cancer and your potential risk factors for cancer. They will take a look at any areas you may wish to point out and then begin your full-body skin exam.

Examining Your Skin

During your exam, your provider will check you from head to toe, making a note of any spots you may have mentioned and others that may warrant monitoring or further examination. The full-body skin exam covers every area with skin, including your scalp, face, eyes and eyelids, mouth, ears, hands, fingernails, torso, feet, and toenails.

Getting a Closer Look

If there are small spots or ones that require a closer look, your provider will use a dermatoscope, which is a device that combines a magnifier and light so that we can get a better look at spots that aren’t as visible to the naked eye.

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What We Look for During a Full-Body Skin Cancer Screening

Your provider is examining the moles on your skin to note the “ABCDEs” of each one, which can all be possible indicators of skin cancer, such as:


  • Asymmetry: Different shapes on each side of the mole
  • Border irregularity: Uneven or ragged edges
  • Color: Different shades of brown or black
  • Diameter: Larger than 1/4 inch
  • Evolving: Has changed over time

Squamous Cell Cancer

  • Red, rough, scaly lesions with or without a “horn”

Basal Cell Cancer

  • Opalescent (shiny) lesions
  • Non-healing ulcers (wounds “eating” down into the skin)
  • Pale white patches of skin with red blood vessels
  • Abnormal changes in existing lesions or new lesions that are rapidly changing
  • Dark “bumps” with extension down into the skin
  • Other findings and/or changes in the skin that show as atypical for your body, natural skin color, and health history

What Happens If We Find a Concern?

If your provider finds a suspicious spot, they may measure it and monitor it over time. You may need to get the spot biopsied if it looks more serious. A biopsy is an in-office procedure where your provider will numb the area with a local anesthetic and then either scrape off a sample of the lesion or use a punch tool to get deeper layers of skin. The sample is sent for lab processing, and you will most likely receive your results in a week to 10 days.

A full-body skin exam typically takes about 10 minutes, and if a biopsy is necessary, we are typically able to perform the biopsy during your examination. In situations where your health, upcoming out-of-the-area travel, or high number of areas to biopsy come into play, we may schedule your biopsy(s) to be conducted at a follow-up appointment.

What Happens If You Are Diagnosed With Skin Cancer?

If you receive a skin cancer diagnosis, rest assured you’re in the hands of board-certified dermatologists who have successfully treated countless people and are ready to do the same for you. The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness offers today’s most innovative treatments for cancerous and precancerous lesions, including photodynamic therapy, Mohs surgery, and GentleCure IG-SRT.

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Skin Starts Today

We encourage everyone to make an appointment for a full-body skin exam. It is a quick and painless way to ensure that you don’t have any signs of skin cancer (or for early detection), and most people only need to come into our Rogue Region office once a year. Get started by booking online or calling (541) 200-2777.