Why is it important to do weekly self-test?
The way you brush your teeth 2 times per day, skin self-examinations should be included in the weekly routine. Weekly self-checkups are crucial for maintaining skin health, maintaining existing conditions, and preventive diagnostics of diseases.
Skin diseases can easily missed in the early stages. Performing weekly self-tests will help you to catch the anomaly early on and treat it quicker and more efficiently.
How to Conduct Skin Self-Examination?
Checking your skin means taking note of all the spots on your body, from moles to freckles to age spots. Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the skin and is one of the few cancers you can usually see on your skin. Ask someone for help when checking your skin, especially in hard to see places.
The best time to check your skin is after a shower or bath in front of a mirror so you can see all areas of your body at once. Check yourself head-to-toe several times a year or more often if needed, depending on how often you go outside in sunlight and how much time you spend tanning indoors or at the beach.
Examine body front and back in mirror, especially legs.
Bend elbows, look carefully at forearms, back of upper arms, and palms.
Look at feet, spaces between toes and soles.
Examine back of neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair and lift.
Finally, check back and buttocks with a hand mirror.
Which skin conditions require evaluation?
A visible difference from one part of the neoplasm to the other.
Moles with uneven borders or "torn" edges.
Moles with uneven color, or two or more colors.
Moles with a diameter of more than 5 mm.
Moles have noticeably increased in size in the last 2-3 months.
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