What are the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) guidelines for screening and early detection of basal cell carcinoma (BCC)?

Updated: Mar 02, 2020
  • Author: Robert S Bader, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The American Cancer Society recommends a cancer-related checkup by a physician, including a skin examination, during a periodic health examination for people age 20 years or older and monthly skin self-examination by all individuals. [104]  The Skin Cancer Foundation also recommends monthly skin self-examinations and yearly professional skin exams. [105]

Moreover, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) promotes free skin examinations by volunteer dermatologists for the general population through the Academy's SPOTme™ Screening Program. [106] The AAD also encourages regular self-examination by individuals, such as on one’s birthday.


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