New Video Demonstrates Skin Cancer Self-Exam11/03/12
SATURDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- A new video that instructs
people how to do a self-examination for skin cancer has been
released by the American Academy of Dermatology.
"Checking your skin for skin cancer only requires your eyes and a mirror. Involving a partner adds another set of eyes, which is especially helpful when checking the back and other hard-to-see areas," Dr. Thomas Rohrer, a dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass., said in news release from the academy. "Examining your skin only takes a few minutes, but it could save your life."
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States,
according to the experts.
"Current estimates show one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, so it's important to be familiar with your skin, especially your moles," Rohrer said. "Catching skin cancer early is key for successful treatment, so check your skin regularly and see a board-certified dermatologist if you spot anything suspicious."
When examining your skin, stand in front of a mirror and use the
following steps to look at the front and back of your body:
- Raise your arms and examine the right and left sides of your
- Then bend your elbows and look carefully at your forearms,
upper underarms and palms.
- Next, examine the back of your legs, spaces between your toes
and your soles.
- Finally, examine hard-to-see areas such as your back, buttocks
and top of your head. Use a mirror to inspect the back of your neck
and scalp, parting your hair for a better view.
During your skin examination, check moles for the ABCDEs of
melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer:
- Asymmetry.One half of the spot is unlike the other
- Border.The spot has an irregular, scalloped or poorly
- Color.The spot has varying colors from one area to the next,
such as shades of tan, brown or black, or with areas of white, red
- Diameter.Melanomas are usually greater than 6 millimeters,
or about the size of a pencil eraser, when they are diagnosed, but
they can be smaller.
- Evolving. A mole or spot on the skin that looks different than the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
Here's where you can find the
"Skin Self-Exam: How to Do" video.
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