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How To Check For Skin Cancer

Updated on March 9, 2016

Skin Cancer - Basal Cell

Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma | Source

Check It Out!

Early detection and diagnosis of skin cancer is as important as prevention. This can be done in just a few minutes and should be done at least once a month.

Get Naked

It's easy to check the parts of your body that are exposed to the sun daily, but it's just as important to check the entire body. In order to do so, you need to get naked. That's right - stand in front of the mirror and strip down to your birthday suit!

Check It Out

Look over your entire body and make note of any moles or freckles. Are they new? Have they changed size, shape or texture? Do they itch? Do they just not look right? Yes? No? Maybe? Be sure to check your entire scalp; running your fingers through your hair to feel your scalp is one way; another is to use a blow dryer. Women should be sure to check under the breasts. Take a good look under your arms and the inside of your legs. Don't forget to check between your fingers and toes; even your nailbeds should be included. You may need a second mirror or another person to help check the back of your body.

See Your Doctor if There is a Change

Immediately; not next week or next month when you have more time. Fear of the unknown is probably the biggest hurdle most people face when it comes to their health. You could be right when you tell yourself it's probably nothing, but better safe than sorry. The sooner you see your doctor and get a definite answer, the better off you'll be in either situation.

Talking about cancer can be pretty heavy stuff. Early detection is the key to survival for any condition including skin cancer. Schedule yourself five minutes of "me time" and check it out!


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    • Effervescing Elep profile image

      Effervescing Elep 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great advice - a couple of my friends have had skin cancer scares so I'm sure it is getting more common in the UK with the growth of sunny vacations abroad.

      Thanks for sharing!