How to Check for Skin Cancer
When detected early, skin cancer is almost completely curable. That's why dermatologists recommend performing a self-check on your skin every month.
Scroll down to find out how to do it!
What You'll Need
A well-lit room
A full-length mirror
A hand mirror
A friend or family member
Optional but helpful
What to Write Down
Using your free downloadable
Self Exam Kit, make a note of any moles that match up with the ABCDE's of melanoma detection.
Mark down the size, color, texture, and sensitivity level (ie. whether it itches or bleeds) of suspicious moles every month to monitor for changes.
Use a blow dryer to move hair aside as you
inspect your scalp. If possible, ask a friend or family member to help.
Use a handheld mirror to check your face, so you can
scan every angle.
It's especially important to
check the back of your ears, so use a hand-mirror or a friend to help.
Don't forget to
look between your fingers and under nails.
Women should lift their breasts and use a handheld mirror to
inspect the underside of each.
Many people forget to
check their underarms during a self-check, even though moles appear there often.
inspect the back of your body, stand with your back to a full-length mirror, and use a hand-mirror to monitor your reflection.
inspect your genitals, sit down on a chair and prop your legs up one a time on a second chair. Then use your hand mirror.
Don't forget to
check the soles of your feet, in between toes, and under toenails.
What to Do Next
If you discover any
abnormal moles during your self-check, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist and bring your filled-out Self Exam Kit with you. Find Free Screenings
If everything seems normal, continue performing a thorough self-check on your body every month.
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