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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

How To Give Yourself A Thorough Skin Exam

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. It's important to check any type of skin markings on the body.

We recommend doing a skin exam from head to toe after the shower or bath. Here's some friendly tips on how to properly give yourself a thorough exam:

1. Learn about the ABCDE's of Melanoma so you are aware of what to look for on your body.

2. Make sure the room is well-lit and you are looking in a long length mirror.

3. Ask a friend or loved one to help examine the areas too difficult to exam yourself.

4. Look at every part of your body, especially your scalp, ears, elbows, legs and feet.

Do these 4 steps on a regular basis. Trust us, your skin will thank you!