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How to perform a Self Skin Cancer Check

04-01-2021

To prevent skin cancer or any similar disease, performing self-skin checks is a good habit that will help you detect skin cancer signs and consult a skin doctor to have it treated.

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How to perform a Self Skin Cancer Check

To prevent skin cancer or any similar disease, performing self-skin checks is a good habit that will help you detect skin cancer signs and consult a skin doctor to have it treated.

This article will guide you all the way through a thorough check to ensure a successful practice:

GET READY – What will you need?

Make sure you do this properly and take your time. Have with you:–

A full-length mirror–

Well-lit room–

A hand mirror–

A chair–

A picture device (smartphone, camera, etc) or a notebook

.WHAT TO LOOK FORSkin cancer signs include:–

Changes in shape, colour, size on any old spot.

– Mole or other skin marks that oozes, bleeds or becomes crusty

– A mole that is painful to the touch

– Sore that doesn’t heal within two weeks

– Shiny pink, red, pearly white, or translucent bump

– Mole or sore with irregular borders, that may bleed easily

Keep a record of your skin checks by taking pictures or noting down to compare between times the number and shape of your skin marks.

STEP BY STEP

1. Remove all your clothing and face the mirror to have a clear view of all your body. Proceed by areas. First, look at the front, back, and sides of your legs.

2. Check new spots and the state of every mark on your skin. Look at your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.

3. Sit down and examine your feet, checking the soles and between the toes.

4. Help yourself with the hand mirror. Check your scalp using a comb or a hairdryer. Then check your back.

5. Then your front side, chest, stomach and neck. Raise your arms and check your sides too. Arms and shoulders tend to be the most sun-exposed areas.

MELANOMA SIGNSMelanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and the easiest way to alert you to be suspicious of a mark on your skin is by following what we call “The ABCDE guideline” that indicates to look for:

A: is for ASYMMETRY – half of the spot or mark has a different colour than the rest.

B: is for BORDER – the edges are irregular, blurred, notched or ragged.

C: is for COLOUR – different shades of black or brown and sometimes patches of red, white or blue.

D: is for DIAMETER – the area is larger than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) or is growing larger.

E: is for EVOLVING – changes in shape, colour, elevation. Traits such as itching, bleeding or crusting.

If any of these match your moles, then it is best to have your skin examined by a skin doctor.

James Dean
Written by James Dean
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