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Skin Cancer

Basal Cell

07/23/2009

Question:

Once diagnosed with skin cancer, how often should you go for check-ups with your doctor?

Answer:

This depends on many things including:

For someone who is otherwise healthy and is diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma or a squamous cell carcinoma generally you would see a dermatologist for a complete exam every 6 months. If after a couple of years you have not developed any new tumors you may be seen every year.

For someone who has melanoma it will depend on how severe the melanoma was. In general, people with melanoma are seen every 3 to 6 months for complete skin exam.

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Response by:

Jeremy S Bordeaux, MD, MPH Jeremy S Bordeaux, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University