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What are some tips to keep in mind when screening your moles for skin cancer?

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Keep these tips in mind when screening your moles for skin cancer:

  • Use a full-length mirror if you have one. Start at your head and work your way down, looking at all the areas of your body (including the front, backs, and sides of each area, and your fingernails and toenails). Be sure to check the "hidden" areas: between your fingers and toes, the groin, the soles of your feet, and the backs of your knees. Don't forget to thoroughly check your scalp and neck for moles. Use a handheld mirror or ask a family member to help you look at these areas.
  • Keep track of all the moles on your body and what they look like. Take a photo and date it to help you monitor them. This way, you'll notice if the moles change. If they do change in any way (in color, shape, size, border, etc.), see your doctor. Also, if you have any new moles that you think look suspicious, see your doctor.

From: Moles and Skin Cancer Screening WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Dermatology. 

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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