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Can my regular doctor do a skin check?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your regular doctor may be capable of examining your skin for signs of cancer and other medical conditions. However, many medical students never receive training to perform skin examinations. A 2009 survey of U.S. medical residents found that just 16% felt they had the appropriate skills to check a patient's skin for signs of cancer.

Talk to your primary-care physician about screenings for skin cancer and other skin conditions. You may also want to find out about free skin-cancer screenings offered by dermatologists in your community. 

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