How to perform a self-exam

You can catch skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin. Download the AAD's body mole map to document your self-examination and know what to look for when checking your spots.

    Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.
    Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, upper underarms and palms.
    Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes, and the soles of your feet.
    Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair for a closer look.
    Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.

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