The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone check their skin regularly for any new or suspicious spots.
Skin Cancer Self-Examination
You can detect skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin. Use these five steps for skin checking:
1. Examine Body Front and Back in the Mirror, Especially the Legs.
2. Bend Elbows, Look Carefully at Forearms, Back of Upper Arms and Palms.
3. Look at Feet and the Spaces Between Toes and Soles.
4. Examine Back of Neck and Scalp With a Hand Mirror. Part Your Hair and Lift.
5. Finally, Check the Back and Buttocks With a Hand Mirror.
If you notice any irregular spots on your skin, or anything changing, itching or bleeding, see a board-certified dermatologist.
Now some figures to give you chills:
- Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.
- Current estimates are that 1 in 5 americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
- On average, one american dies from melanoma every hour.
Now, how about checking some screen lotion to protect ourselves, shall we?
I recommend a sunscreen from NEUTROGENA: Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45. It’s not the cheapest, but with lots a great reviews.