Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early. That’s where self-skin checks come in. This simple practice allows you to monitor your skin for changes that might signal a problem. Here’s how to perform a self-skin check:

Gather Your Tools:

  • Well-lit room
  • Full-length mirror
  • Handheld mirror
  • Optional: Stool or chair, comb

Time to Examine:

  1. Find a Bright Light: Good lighting is key to spotting subtle changes.
  2. Full Body Check: Start with a full-length mirror view. Systematically examine your entire body, front and back.
  3. Head and Neck: Check your face, ears, scalp (use a comb to part your hair), and neck.
  4. Arms and Hands: Inspect your arms, underarms, palms, backs of hands, and between fingers.
  5. Torso: Examine your chest, abdomen, and back (use a hand mirror for hard-to-see areas).
  6. Legs and Feet: Look at your legs, buttocks, genitals (if comfortable), soles, and between toes.

What to Look For:

Document and Report:

  • Note any suspicious spots. You can take pictures or draw a body map to track changes.
  • If you find anything concerning, schedule an appointment online at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center or by calling 330-425-7600.

Early Detection is Key:

Regular self-skin checks are an important part of skin cancer prevention. By familiarizing yourself with your skin and reporting changes promptly, you can increase your chances of early detection and successful treatment.