Screening and Follow-Up

Skin Tag Check

There are no consensus recommendations for routinely screening people who have never had melanoma. However, once you have been diagnosed with melanoma, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends:

  • At least annual dermatologist follow-up screenings to monitor your skin
  • Regular self-examination of your skin

Depending on the melanoma stage at your initial diagnosis, you may need more frequent screenings. You also may need to self-examine your lymph nodes. Consult with your dermatologist and/or oncologist regarding a screening regimen that applies specifically to your needs.

The ABCs of Melanoma

Use this 'ABCDE' guide to check for possible symptoms of melanoma:

A - Asymmetry: Moles with asymmetrical and irregular shapes
B - Border: Moles with irregular borders: Normal moles tend to have sharp and well degined edges
C - Color: Moles whose color has changed
D - Diameter: Moles whose size (diameter) has changed
E – Evolution: Moles with evolving characteristics over time: changes in size, color, itchiness, or bleeding

If you see one or more of these characteristics, follow up with a dermatologist immediately.