Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to get a skin cancer screening exam?
Uninsured/underinsured/Medicaid or Medicare eligible and/or low-income
Who should get a skin cancer screening exam?
Anyone who has a spot, mole, or lesion that has grown or changed recently
Anyone who is worried that they may be at risk for skin cancer
Anyone who has had sunburns in the past, frequent sun exposure, history of frequent tanning, fair skin, personal or family history of skin cancer
What conditions aren’t discussed during a skin cancer screening exam?
Acne, allergic rashes, or cosmetic concerns
How is the skin cancer exam done?
An MD Anderson dermatologist conducts the skin cancer exams – the exam can be a full body skin exam or focus on specific lesions.
The dermatologist will also conduct a free biopsy,
if it is needed
, and the results are sent to Good Neighbor in approximately one week.
If the results are positive for skin cancer, Good Neighbor and MD Anderson will work together to navigate the patient to treatment, usually through Harris Health System.
What’s the cost?
The skin exam and biopsy are completely free. If additional treatment is needed, patients are referred to Harris Health System where cost is based on income.