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How can I do a skin self-exam?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Examine all over

It is important for you to examine your entire body as skin cancer can occur anywhere, not only on areas exposed to the sun.
You should be familiar with your birthmarks, blemishes, and moles so you know what they look like and can spot changes. As you examine your skin, look for changes in the size, color, shape, or texture. http://www.melanomamonday.org/documents/body_mole_map_11-09.pdf.

In brief: Examine all over

It is important for you to examine your entire body as skin cancer can occur anywhere, not only on areas exposed to the sun.
You should be familiar with your birthmarks, blemishes, and moles so you know what they look like and can spot changes. As you examine your skin, look for changes in the size, color, shape, or texture. http://www.melanomamonday.org/documents/body_mole_map_11-09.pdf.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dr. Margaret Mann
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Be thorough

Just as it sounds, remove your clothing and take note of the marks and such on your skin.
Do this once monthly, and look for any marks that are changed in size, shape, color or thickness - bring these to your doctor's attention.

In brief: Be thorough

Just as it sounds, remove your clothing and take note of the marks and such on your skin.
Do this once monthly, and look for any marks that are changed in size, shape, color or thickness - bring these to your doctor's attention.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See following link

http://www.aad.org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection/about-skin-self-exams/how-to-examine-your-skin.

In brief: See following link

http://www.aad.org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection/about-skin-self-exams/how-to-examine-your-skin.
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Michael Sabel
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: You will need

A hand held mirror, wall mirror, a good light, a chair and footstool and a hair dryer (for the scalp).
Look for any lesions that meet the abcd's (atypical, irregular borders, color variation, or are different/changing). If you have an iphone or ipad, use the free app umskincheck to help guide you and photograph and monitor worrisome lesions.

In brief: You will need

A hand held mirror, wall mirror, a good light, a chair and footstool and a hair dryer (for the scalp).
Look for any lesions that meet the abcd's (atypical, irregular borders, color variation, or are different/changing). If you have an iphone or ipad, use the free app umskincheck to help guide you and photograph and monitor worrisome lesions.
Dr. Michael Sabel
Dr. Michael Sabel
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