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What Really Goes on at a SpotMe Skin Cancer Screening? A Behind-the-Curtain Look
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All screenings are performed by dermatologists. Once you arrive, it will take just 10 minutes to sign in and get yourself screened— maybe a few minutes more in the summer, when screenings are most popular. Some screenings are done at dermatology practices, and some take place on the Shade Shuttle , a school bus converted into a mobile examination room. The Shade Shuttle goes everywhere— churches, community events, even to a micro brewery. Stacey Sprenz, a melanoma survivor who had one of the early screenings on the shuttle, said that being screened on the bus is just like seeing a doctor in an office. Depending on the screening location, you may need to make an appointment. Many locations accept walk-ins too.
Making Melanoma Screenings More Patient Friendly
Being aware of your own body and the spots you have is a good habit to assist with early detection. Anything new or changing should be seen by a dermatologist. We will evaluate the area of concern and possibly perform a skin biopsy if the area looks worrisome.
The panelists acknowledged that many individuals face barriers to receiving regular skin check-ups. Some people — especially those in rural areas — may not have a dermatologist near them. While early detection of melanoma could be life-saving, there is still much work to be done by both patients and physicians to ensure that people are receiving thorough full-body checks at the dermatologist. At the Melanoma Action Coalition Fall Conference, a group of clinicians, patients, survivors and advocates met to discuss recent updates in the field, as well as what improvements still need to be made.