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Read about screening for skin cancer.

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
  • overall must do more good than harm to people taking part


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 of the skin exposed to the sun. So patients, their close friends or relatives usually spot them in plenty of time to have successful treatment.

Last reviewed: 
25 Jul 2017
  • Cancer and its management (7th edition)
    J Tobias and D Hochhauser
    Blackwell, 2015

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