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Read about screening for skin cancer.


At the moment, there's no general screening programme in the UK for non melanoma skin cancer.

Non melanoma skin cancers are most common on areas exposed to the sun. So patients, their close friends or relatives usually spot them in plenty of time to have successful treatment.

What screening is

Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:
  • must be reliable at picking up the illness
  • must be simple and quick
  • shouldn’t show that someone has the illness when they don’t (false positive results)
  • must not cause any harm

Not all screening tests are helpful and they can have risks.

Last reviewed: 
09 Sep 2014
  • Cancer and its management (7th edition)
    J Tobias and D Hochhauser
    Blackwell, 2015

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