You can detect skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin. You can download the AAD’s body mole map to document your self-examination.
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.
|1. Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.|
|2. Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, underarms, and palms.|
|3. Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes, and the soles of your feet.|
|4. Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair for a closer look.|
|5. Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.|