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How can you tell if you have skin cancer?

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Monthly skin self-exams improve your chances of finding a skin cancer early, when it has done a minimum of damage to your skin and can be treated easily. Regular self-exams help you recognize any new or changing features.

  • The best time to do a self-exam is right after a shower or bath.
  • Do the self-exam in a bright room; use a full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror.
  • Learn where your moles, birthmarks, and blemishes are, and what they look like.
  • Each time you do a self-exam, check these areas for changes in size, texture, and color, and for ulceration. If you notice any changes, call your primary care provider or dermatologist.

From: Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

Skin Cancer from eMedicineHealth

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

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