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How can you check if you have skin cancer?

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If you're in a high-risk group for skin cancer or have ever been treated for some form of the disease, you should familiarize yourself with how skin cancers look. Examine your skin from head to toe every few months, using a full-length mirror and hand mirror to check your mouth, nose, scalp, palms, soles, backs of ears, genital area, and between the buttocks. Cover every inch of skin and pay special attention to moles and sites of previous skin cancer. If you find a suspicious growth, have it examined by your dermatologist.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

American Academy of Dermatologists.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 9, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

National Cancer Institute. 

American Academy of Dermatologists.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 9, 2017

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