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You may have heard that it’s important to monitor or check your skin at home to help detect skin cancer early, but…how?

We once had the same question!

A skin check is somewhat intuitive, after all we look at ourselves every day. But when it comes to monitoring our skin for signs of skin cancer, it helps to know what we’re looking for. In short, when you do a skin check you are looking for any changes in size, shape, color or texture. See The ABCDEs of Moles and Melanoma for more information about these changes.

Here are the steps to perform a skin exam at home:

If you notice any worrisome changes, make an appointment with a dermatologist, who can determine whether the changes are normal or need further evaluation. When in doubt, get it checked out!

Aim to do a monthly skin check and note any changes. Remember that using sunscreen and monitoring your skin at home are KEY to catching skin cancer early.