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Skin Self-Exam: How to Do

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Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that  one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

You can detect skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin.

If you notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

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Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.
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Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, upper underarms and palms.
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Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes, and the soles of your feet.
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Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair for a closer look.
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Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.

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