Skin cancer is very treatable if found early. That’s why it’s great to have an annual skin exam, head-to-toe, by a dermatologist to look for any suspicious spots. In between, you should perform a skin self-examination on a regular basis. We’ve provided detailed instructions on how to do so below. Consider enlisting the help of a loved one to examine those hard-to-see areas.
You can do your part to fight skin cancer by doing frequent self-examinations, which will help the effort to catch skin cancer early and when it is most treatable. We recommend performing these examinations monthly—check with your doctor regarding what frequency is right for you.
The following illustrations show how to do a skin self-examination. You will need a handheld mirror as well as a free-standing mirror. It’s also nice to have someone to assist you.