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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.
  • 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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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer. American Cancer Society.
  2. Skin Cancer. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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