Skin Cancer Prevention
Skin Cancer Screening
Skin cancer screenings allow the early detection of malign skin tumours and the evaluation of a patient’s risk to develop malign skin tumours in the future. All existing skin tumours are examined during a full body examination. In doing so, all moles are being assessed and the skin is searched for precursors of malign skin tumours. The focus lies especially on malignant melanoma (“black skin cancer”), basal-cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (“fair skin cancer”). A regular performance of a screening is recommended from the age of puberty though the temporal interval between checks can be determined according to individual preferences.
This is why skin cancer screening is so important. We take the time to examine your skin in detail and give appropriate advice. This includes:
• Physical examination of the entire skin including mucous membranes and the scalp
• Determining your skin type and sensitivity to the sun
• Dermatoscopic examination
• Computerized video documentation and analysis of pigment spots with FotoFinder
• Computer-aided multispectral digital analysis (MelaFind®) for the assessment of atypical melanocytic skin lesions
• Three-dimensional spectral analysis (so called “optical biopsy”)
• Skin ultrasounds for suspicious pigmented moles
• Advice on the best sunscreen suited to your skin type
If an indication to remove a mole or a different skin tumour arises after a skin cancer screening, the removal can in most cases take place with local anaesthesia and is always made possible without long waiting periods.