What to Expect at a Skin Cancer Screening
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Consider a yearly skin exam if you have a history of skin cancer.

Generally, people with fair skin, blond or red hair, blue or green eyes, many moles, or skin that easily burns or freckles have a higher risk of skin cancer. Health experts recommend that everyone perform monthly self-skin exams to look for changes. However, if you fall into one or more of the above risk groups, or have a personal or family history of skin cancer, you should see a dermatologist at least yearly for a skin exam. Here's what to expect.

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