There are a few categories of people that have a higher risk of getting skin cancer, and it is recommended that if you belong to these groups you get screened for skin cancer at least once a year.
These groups include:
- If you’ve had a close relative who has had melanoma
- You’ve had a personal history of precancerous cells or skin cancers
Doctors also recommend that you perform regular checks on your own skin to ensure that you notice if anything changes or looks concerning. By familiarizing yourself with moles, lumps, and lesions on your body, you will be able to tell if they have changed size, shape, or color.
As long as you don’t notice any new moles, sores, lumps, or lesions, most people can wait until they are 30 or so to have their first skin check. However, if you suspect any changes, or belong to a high-risk category, you should contact your doctor or dermatologist right away.