When skin cancer is caught early, it is usually highly treatable. One in five Americans is estimated to develop skin cancer in their lifetime, regardless of skin color. For people at a higher risk of skin cancer, self-examinations are especially important, with doctors recommending a self-exam once a month. This blog explains how to examine your skin at home, what to look for, and when to contact your doctor.
Check areas such as your face, neck, chest, and belly. Women should lift their breasts and check the skin beneath. Check both sides of your arms, the tops and palms of your hands, between your fingers, under your fingernails, and underarm areas.
Sit in a chair and look at your legs, between your toes, and at the soles of your feet.
Examine your neck and scalp with a hand mirror, making sure to part your hair for a closer look at your scalp. Also, use the mirror to check your back and buttocks.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, you should contact your dermatologist if you notice the following issues with moles or spots on your body.
These are not the only ways for skin cancer to appear. If you have concerns regarding spots or moles, contact your dermatologist. Our dermatology specialists are here to provide you with the quality care your skin needs. Request a consultation or call us at (941) 559-4583 to schedule an appointment.