After you make an appointment for skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, there are some steps you can take to make your visit a smooth one.

  • Bring your past medical history and family history to the office with you.
  • Make a note of any skin lesions or change in pigment to alert the physician.
  • Wear loose clothing and undergarments for a full body skin exam.
  • Stop using aspirin a week before the exam if there is any possibility of biopsies being taken.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Skin Cancer

If you have any questions about skin cancer, write them down before your appointment so you don’t forget to discuss them with your doctor. This list of common concerns about the condition can help you get started.

Questions About My Diagnosis

  • Has my skin cancer spread? If so, how far?
  • What is my prognosis? Can I be cured?
  • Are there other conditions associated with this diagnosis?

Questions About My Treatment

  • Can all the skin cancer be removed?
  • Are there treatments besides surgery? What happens if I don’t have the surgery?
  • How long will I need to undergo treatment? What are the side effects?
  • How can I avoid scarring?
  • Can I prevent recurrence?
  • Will I get other types of cancer?
  • How frequently do I need follow-up appointments?

Questions About My Lifestyle and Family

  • Does this run in families?
  • How do I protect my family from getting skin cancer?
  • Can I go out in daylight or must I stay indoors?
  • Is there a special diet or vitamin supplement to protect me?
  • Must I wear long-sleeved shirts?
  • Is there special protective clothing to protect me?