When Should I See a Skin Cancer Specialist?

If you have recently noticed an unusual mole or a change in the appearance or texture of your skin, a skin cancer specialist can help you determine what steps you need to take. He or she can perform a visual examination to determine if the lesion might be cancerous, then order any biopsies or imaging scans that might be necessary to confirm or rule out a skin cancer diagnosis.

Many times, moles and other lesions turn out to be noncancerous. However, as with other types of cancer, skin cancer is easiest to treat when it is detected in its earliest stages. As a result, it’s a good idea to promptly consult with a skin cancer specialist if you notice anything suspicious.

Signs that you should see a specialist

As a general rule of thumb, you should schedule an appointment with a skin cancer specialist if you notice:

  • A large or asymmetrical mole
  • A mole that has an unusual color or “blotchy” appearance
  • A mole that significantly changes in appearance over time
  • A firm, rounded bump with visible blood vessels
  • A flat spot or raised bump that itches or bleeds easily
  • A small, pearl-like bump that has an indentation in the middle

The skin cancer specialists at Moffitt Cancer Center

In the Cutaneous Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, we provide comprehensive diagnostic services and treatments for patients with all types and stages of skin cancer. We encourage you to have any abnormal skin changes promptly evaluated by our experienced professionals. If a cancerous mole or sore is detected, we can make comprehensive, individualized treatment recommendations.

There’s no need to obtain a referral from a physician or dermatologist to request an appointment at Moffitt. To schedule a visit with an experienced skin cancer specialist, call 1-888-663-3888 or submit a new patient registration form online.