Routine skin checks for cancer may not be helpful


(ABC NEWS) – It’s summer and many of us are showing a lot more skin at the beach. Which is why we often hear the recommendation to see a dermatologist for a skin check for cancer.

But a controversial new report issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggests that routine skin checks for cancer may not be helpful.

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The concern is for most people, these exams may lead to unnecessary biopsies and even unnecessary treatment. But this is for people without any history of skin cancer. And for those who don’t have unusual skin lesions or symptoms.

So what about moles that have recently changed in color, size or appearance?

The author’s note that for these people, getting checked out may be more important and that skin checks can be life saving when it comes to melanoma, an aggressive and lethal skin cancer.

So rest assured that most moles are not cancerous.

But if you have a specific concern, it’s always good to get it checked out.

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