Skin cancer screening: Early detection is vital

The number of new skin cancer diseases is increasing at an alarming rate. According to the German Cancer Society, in Germany alone, about 22,000 cases of malignant melanoma and about 170,000 cases of light skin cancer diseases such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are diagnosed each year. When skin cancer screening is done at an early stage the chances for recovery of all types of skin cancer are high. That is why legally insured patients have also had a claim for regular skin cancer screening at a dermatologist’s practice since 2008.


Normally birthmarks or moles are harmless pigment alterations. They can, however, turn into malignant cancers over time. For this reason it is important for you to examine your skin yourself from time to time in good light conditions. When moles show asymmetrical forms, irregular borders, uneven colourings, rapid changes or a size of more than 5mm (1/4”) it is absolutely necessary for you arrange an appointment with a dermatologist.

Screening by a skin specialist

To ensure early detection your skin, at Dermatologie am Sendlinger Tor, is not only examined with the naked eye, but also with the help of digital reflected-light dermatoscopy and video documentation (FotoFinder). This modern technique makes it possible to record pigmentation marks digitally, to enlarge them more than eighty times and examine them with the aid of computers. Thus the slightest skin alterations can be identified and precisely observed through the years.

Interesting things about the check-up

At Dermatologie am Sendlinger Tor, appointments for skin cancer screening can conveniently be booked online. Statuary health insurance patients can also make use of our full skin screening program as self-payers. On the day of examination you should not use nail varnish nor wear earrings or piercings. Make-up should not be applied either .As a rule, it does not take long to register and examine all pigmentation marks so that, according to skin and risk type, a follow-up appointment can soon be made.

Should you have already noticed any skin changes, please contact us immediately. In our practice we have all possibilities for a reliable diagnosis, a surgical treatment and an efficient aftercare of skin cancer.

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