How to check yourself for skin cancer


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, every hour someone dies from melanoma. Skin cancer is still the most common cancer in the U.S.

Fortunately, skin cancer is one of the few cancers you can see yourself.

Here’s how the AAD recommends performing a skin self-exam:

  • Examine your entire body using a full-length mirror.
  • Bend your elbows and look carefully at your forearms, underarms and palms.
  • Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes and the soles of your feet.
  • Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror.
  • Finally, check your entire backside with a hand mirror.

Don’t be afraid to enlist a partner to help. You should be looking for asymmetry, an irregular border, a spot that varies in color, a mole that appears to have grown, or a spot that has changed in shape or color.