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Common Mistakes In Self-Diagnosing Skin Cancer

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. We recommend doing a thorough at-home skin exam. Pay close attention to new and old moles, freckles and spots that seem to be changing in size, shape and/or color.

Below are some common mistakes in self-diagnosing skin cancer, as well as knowing the types of skin markings on the body, called the ABCDE's of Melanoma. 

 

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Self Exam 101

An at-home self skin exam could change your life.

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. We recommend doing a thorough skin exam from head to toe after a shower or bath.   Pay close attention to moles or spots that seem to be changing in size, shape and/or color.

If you do see a spacious (or new) mole or spot, take a photo of it. This will help you track its color, size and shape. Don't forget to show the photo(s) to your dermatologist.

Follow these self-exam steps each month:

Credit: Melanoma Research Foundation

Credit: Melanoma Research Foundation