Free Skin Screenings

When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. The Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation partners with the American Academy of Dermatology’s SPOTme program to offer free screenings. Currently, we are the only free screening service performed in North Carolina.

Upcoming Screenings

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a skin cancer screening?

A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. It’s completely pain free! Our skin screenings are performed by a board-certified dermatologist that donates their time to this cause.

No blood work is conducted at a screening.

Is the screening really free?

Yep! Dermatologists volunteer their time and expertise to provide SPOTmeĀ® skin cancer screenings as a free service through the American Academy of Dermatology. There is no need for insurance.

Do I need an appointment?

This depends on the event. When we conduct screenings aboard our Shade Shuttle, no appointment is necessary. Some screening events do require an appointment. Check our events calendar for specifics.

Why get a screening?

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States; in fact, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. With early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for most skin cancer is 95%.

How long will it take?

Screenings take approximately 10 minutes, including completing the paperwork and getting your skin checked.

Will I have to remove my clothes?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends full-body examinations whenever possible, but it’s not a requirement. If you’re comfortable removing your clothes for the screening, a blanket and gown will be provided. The screening will also take place in private. If not, only exposed areas (face, neck, arms, hands, etc.) will be visually inspected for skin cancer.

Do I have to fill out any forms?

Yep, but it’s short!

The Registration and Report Personal Health Information (PHI) form is used to record your screening with both the volunteer medical personnel and the American Academy of Dermatology. The document also gives you a record of the screening details and should be used for follow-up treatment with your dermatologist if a suspicious lesion is found. The information provided at the bottom of the form communicates your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Your signature is required to demonstrate your acknowledgement of these rights.

What happens if you find a suspicious spot?

You’ll be encouraged to seek a dermatologist for a follow-up treatment. But, remember, with early detection and proper treatment, the cure rate for for most skin cancers is about 95 percent!

What do I do if I don't have insurance?

Our screenings are completely free. No insurance is required to see a board-certified dermatologist.

In the event a suspicious spot is identified and you do not have health insurance, you can still get medical care. Check out this site for a few links to free and low-cost clinics near you.

Can I bring a child to be screened?

Yes! There is no age limit on screenings.

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