Skin Exams for Skin Cancer Screening

Newport Beach Dermatology and Plastic Surgery recommends a complete skin check yearly for all adults starting in the early 20s. This is because when detected early, most skin cancers can be successfully treated. In fact, melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is highly curable when found and treated early. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99 percent. Melanoma can occur at any age, but it drastically increases starting in the early 20s.