Screening for Skin Cancer at Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology in New Orleans Area
With an estimated 1 in 5 Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetimes, it’s perfectly sensible that many people want to have their bodies screened so that potential dangers can be detected and treated before they have the chance to cause serious trouble. Many are surprised, though, to learn that insurance does not cover routine “full-body skin checks” without what they consider a good reason.

Reasons to justify a full-body skin check:

  1. Suspicious or worrisome spots located all over your body.

    People with over 50 moles, any atypical moles (odd-looking compared to the rest), or large moles (over 6mm in size) have an increased risk of developing melanoma.

  2. Personal History of Skin Cancer

    If you have ever had a melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, or squamous cell carcinoma anywhere on your skin. Then it is important to remember that a lesion did not form in an isolated vacuum, and you are at a significantly greater risk of developing further cancers elsewhere on your body.

  3. Family History of Skin Cancer

    Sun-susceptibility and even genes predisposing you to develop skin and other cancers are often passed down through generations. Having a first-degree relative with melanoma increases your risk of developing one of these potentially deadly cancers by 3 to 8-fold. Similarly, increased risks have been observed for squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.

If you do not fall within these criteria but still have concerning spots on specific locations of your skin, it is always permissible and often wise to have them specifically examined by a board-certified dermatologist.


Patients who are interested in a full-body skin exam or have a question about a concerning spot, please call the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mary Lupo at (504) 777-3047. The office is at 145 Allen Toussaint Boulevard #302, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.

Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.