Skin Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

15. How do I perform a skin self-exam?

To detect skin cancer early, examine your skin all over your body and watch for changes over time. By checking your skin regularly, you’ll learn what is normal for you.

The best time to check your skin is after a shower or bath. Use a full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror in a room with plenty of light. If you find anything unusual, see your doctor.

Check yourself from head to toe.

Learn where your moles are and their usual look and feel. Check for anything new, such as…

Write down the dates of your skin self-exams and make notes about the way your skin looks on those dates. You may find it helpful to take photos to help check for changes over time.