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Learn more about how to conduct a skin self-examination
How to perform a skin-self exam
By checking your skin regularly for signs of skin cancer, you can identify skin cancer in its early stages and greatly increase your chance of successful treatment.
Try to aim to check your skin every change of the season (4 times a year) to know your skin and what's normal for you.
Undress and examine all areas of your body, from head to toe. It can help if you have a large or full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror.
Starting at the top of your head, look for new spots, irregular or raised spots or spots that have changed or grown since you last skin exam.
Use the hand-help mirror to look behind your ears, the back of your neck and top of your scalp. It may also be helpful to ask a partner to look at your back, the back of your knees or other places that are hard to see.
Record your spots and changes in a diary! See our ABCDE guide to learn what to look out for when examining your spots.
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