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Skin cancer screening from age 35

What is a skin cancer screening?

A skin cancer screening is a preventive examination in which your skin is examined from head to toe. The goal is to detect black (malignant melanoma) and light skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma) at an early stage. Because: The earlier skin cancer is detected, the more gently and successfully it can be treated.

Good to know: Skin cancer screening is covered by your health insurance every two years from the age of 35 onwards /strong>. Some health insurance companies also cover it before the age of 35. Please check with your insurance company in advance whether this examination will be covered to avoid private involvement.

Who should have a skin cancer screening and at what interval?

It doesn't matter Light or dark skin type – this examination is useful for everyone. From the age of 35, if you have statutory health insurance, you are entitled to a skin cancer check every two years in a qualified family doctor's office or dermatologist.

What is included in the skin cancer screening?

The examination starts with a conversation in which you are asked whether anyone in your family has ever had skin cancer or whether you You have recently noticed any skin changes.

Your skin will then be examined from head to toe. Since the scalp and nails are also examined, it is important not to apply make-up or nail polish on the day of the examination.

Finally, go through the results with your doctor: She will advise you on your individual risk of skin cancer and you will receive important information on how you can protect your skin.
Should the doctor or If the doctor finds any noticeable skin changes, the results are discussed with a dermatologist and further diagnostic steps are initiated.

What should I do?

To check whether this preliminary examination makes sense for you, simply make an appointment at one of our Avi practices and discuss it with our team of doctors. Here you can talk together about the advantages of the examinations and take your individual risk into account.