At Your Appointment

Skin Cancer (Non-Melanoma) Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Is this the first time you've been diagnosed with skin cancer, or is it a recurrence?
  • Have you been previously diagnosed with any other type of cancer?
  • Does your skin get sunburned easily? How often do you get sunburns?
  • Do you spend a lot of time in the sun or use tanning beds?
  • Do you use a daily sunscreen?
  • What skin changes have you noticed and when did they first start?
  • Has the lesion grown or changed in any way?
  • Do you have a family history of skin cancer? Which ones?
  • Have you been previously diagnosed with any other type of skin cancer?
  • Have you ever had radiation treatment for a skin condition?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • Are you having any side effects from your skin cancer medicine?
  • What is your main concern about a skin cancer diagnosis?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have skin cancer?
  • How do you diagnose skin cancer?
  • How long will it take find out if I have skin cancer?
  • Depending on biopsy results, what treatments are available to eliminate my skin cancer?
  • Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of skin cancer?
  • What type of skin cancer do I have?
  • What stage is my skin cancer?
  • Does my type of skin cancer tend to spread? How quickly?
  • What treatment options are available for my type of skin cancer?
  • What is the risk of permanent scarring? How can I reduce the risk of scarring?
  • Am I at risk of getting skin cancer again in the future?
  • Are the skin changes I'm having related to my medicine?
  • Are my new symptoms related to skin cancer?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my skin cancer?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer. American Cancer Society. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/basal-and-squamous-cell-skin-cancer.html
  2. Skin Cancer. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/skin-cancer/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20377608