A skin cancer screening is a preventive examination in which your skin is examined from head to toe. The aim is to detect black (malignant melanoma) and light skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma) at an early stage. Because: The earlier a skin cancer is detected, the more gently and successfully it can be treated.
Good to know: Skin cancer screening is covered by your health insurance every two years from the age of 35. Some health insurance companies also cover it before the age of 35. Please check with your insurance company in advance whether this examination is covered in order to avoid a private contribution.
Regardless of whether you have light or dark skin - this examination is useful for everyone. As a person with statutory health insurance, you are entitled to a skin cancer check every two years from the age of 35 in qualified general practitioners' practices or dermatologists.
The examination starts with an interview in which you will be asked if anyone in your family has ever had skin cancer, or if you have noticed any skin changes recently.
This is followed by an examination of your skin from head to toe. As the scalp and nails are also examined, it is important not to wear any make-up or nail polish on the day of the examination.
Finally, you go through the results with your doctor: She will advise you on your individual skin cancer risk and you will receive important information on how to protect your skin.
If the doctor finds abnormal skin changes, the results are discussed with dermatologists and further diagnostic steps are taken.
To check whether this preliminary examination makes sense for you, simply make an appointment at one of our Avi practices and talk to our team of doctors. Here you can talk together about the benefits of the examinations and include your individual risk.