A skin self-exam is used to identify suspicious growths that may be
cancer or growths that may develop into skin cancer (precancers). Adults should
examine their skin once every month. Look for any abnormal skin growth or any
change in the color, shape, size, or appearance of a skin growth. Check for any
area of injured skin (lesion) that does not heal.
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To do a skin self-exam:
You can also have your spouse or someone such as a close friend help
you monitor your skin, especially places that are hard to see such as your
scalp and back.
If you see a suspicious skin growth during your self-exam, contact
your health professional.
October 12, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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