Risk Factors for Skin Cancer
While everyone is at risk for skin cancer, it is more likely to occur in:
- People with lighter skin tones
- Those who have spent time in the sun or indoor tanning booths
- Those who currently live in or at one time lived in locations with intense sunlight.
- People who typically get sunburn and never tan are particularly susceptible to skin cancer.
Diagnosing Skin Cancer
Patients usually know their diagnosis before seeing our skin cancer specialists. However, the latest diagnostic tests are available if additional information is needed. Some of these tests include:
- Lymphatic mapping with sentinel lymph node biopsy
- Fine needle aspiration biopsy
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
- Blood tests
- Chest X-ray
- Nuclear imaging bone scan
These tests help physicians determine the extent of the disease to help patients choose the best treatment. The extent is based on the size (width) of the growth, how deeply it has grown beneath the top layer of skin, and whether cancer cells have spread to nearby lymph nodes or to other parts of the body.
Virtual Visits Are Available
Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We’ll gather your medical records for you and get our experts’ input so we can offer treatment options without an in-person visit. To schedule a virtual visit, call 1-866-680-0505.
Cancer and the COVID-19 Vaccine
There is currently no data that suggests current or former cancer patients should avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Cancer can weaken your immune system, so we recommend that most patients get the vaccine as soon as possible.