Skin Check for Skin Cancer Evaluation

Patients coming for Skin Checks to Dr. Reena Jogi are asked to watch this video PRIOR to visiting the doctor in clinic for a better experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a skin cancer screening?

Dr. Reena Jogi will visually inspect your skin to look for suspicious lesions.  It does not involve any blood tests.  Unless a biopsy or other procedure is needed, the skin exam is painless.

Why do I need a skin examination?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting about 1 in 5 Americans.  People of all skin types and races can get skin cancer, though certain skin types are more at risk than others.  With early detection and proper treatment, most skin cancers are highly curable.  Early detection of melanoma leads to a  high cure rate.  

Does insurance cover a skin cancer evaluation?

Skin cancer screenings cannot be billed as a "preventive" exam, but typically patients have at least a few lesions on the body that they want evaluate. In general as long as lesions are seen on the skin, insurance should cover the visit.

Which areas of my body will be screened for cancer?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends full-body examinations whenever possible.  This can be quite thorough, including private areas.  If you have areas you prefer to leave unexamined (which we do not recommend!), be sure to tell your doctor at the time of your visit.  Otherwise, we are very thorough and complete.

Can I ask about other skin conditions while I am there for my skin check?

The answer to this is sometimes.  We try to make skin examinations a priority when you are there for one, but if you don't have numerous suspicious lesions or you don't need any procedures, we may sometimes have time to address another specific skin complaint.  Otherwise, we are happy to bring you back so that we can give your other problems the attention they deserve.

How often do I need a skin exam?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends yearly skin examinations with a board-certified dermatologist.  It is also recommended that you do monthly self-skin exams.