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How To Check Yourself For Skin Cancer

Watch more Cancer & Disease Prevention videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Scan your body for skin cancer at least once a month. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Look for ABCD's Familiarize yourself with the ABCD's—that is, asymmetry, border, color, and diameter. Moles or birthmarks that are asymmetrical, have a jagged or irregular border, are blotchy or not all one color, or are bigger than about the size of a pencil eraser should be seen by a doctor. Step 2: Check after bathing Check yourself immediately after bathing so you're clean—and naked. It is important to check your entire body. Step 3: Examine hands Examine your hands, including your palms and fingernails. Step 4: Use full-length mirror Use the full-length mirror to inspect your arms, elbows, and underarms. Tip Take pictures of moles or birthmarks so that you'll have something to reference if someday you're unsure whether the mark has changed in appearance. Step 5: Check face, neck, & head Check your face, neck, and head in the full-length mirror, and use a handheld mirror to see the back side. Tip When checking your scalp, it is helpful to have blow-dryer on hand to make parting your hair a bit easier. Step 6: Check chest & back Check your chest and back and beneath your breasts if you have them. Tip Men should pay special attention to the trunk and women to their legs—these are the most common areas for them to develop melanomas, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Step 7: Inspect genital region Use the hand mirror to inspect your genital region. Step 8: Inspect legs & buttocks Turn your back to the full-length mirror and use the handheld mirror to inspect the backs of your legs and buttocks. Step 9: Inspect legs & feet Sit down to inspect your legs and feet more closely. Step 10: See a doctor If anything seems to fit the ABCD rule, if anything is new or has changed since your last check, if you have a sore that won't heal, or if you're uncertain about anything you find, see a doctor. Did You Know? Every year in the U.S., over 1.3 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common form of cancer.
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