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Skin Self-Examination

Skin Self-Examination

How to perform a skin self-examination

Finding suspicious moles or skin cancer early is the key to treating skin cancer successfully. A skin self-examination is usually the first step in detecting skin cancer. The American Skin Cancer Society (ACS) suggests once-a-month skin self-examinations. The following suggested method of self-examination is from the ACS (you will need a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, and a brightly lit room):

In addition to the ABCD guidelines, other warning signs include:

Remember that not all moles follow the ABCD "rules" or the additional warning signs. It is important  to notify your physician about any skin changes that look different for the rest of your moles, freckles, or other marks. 

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