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What should I do before an exam?

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It’s a good idea to look over your skin yourself before your appointment so you can point out anything that seems odd. Check every part of your skin, including your scalp, behind your ears, under your arms, and between your buttocks. A full-length mirror and a hand mirror can help you see hard-to-reach places. You’ll want to note any moles or growths that:

  • Are new
  • Have changed over time
  • Itch
  • Bleed

SOURCES:

Bruce Robinson, MD, spokesperson, American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Make the Most of Your Visit to the Dermatologist,” “Early Detection and Self Exams.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “What to expect at a SPOTme skin cancer screening.”

CDC: “Skin Cancer: What Screening Tests Are There?”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Screening (PDQ).”

Journal of the American Medical Association : “Screening for Skin Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Skin Cancer in Adults.”

MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Skin Cancer Screening Exams.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Screening Guidelines.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 31, 2019

SOURCES:

Bruce Robinson, MD, spokesperson, American Academy of Dermatology.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Make the Most of Your Visit to the Dermatologist,” “Early Detection and Self Exams.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “What to expect at a SPOTme skin cancer screening.”

CDC: “Skin Cancer: What Screening Tests Are There?”

National Cancer Institute: “Skin Cancer Screening (PDQ).”

Journal of the American Medical Association : “Screening for Skin Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Screening for Skin Cancer in Adults.”

MD Anderson Cancer Center: “Skin Cancer Screening Exams.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Screening Guidelines.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 31, 2019

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