Skin safe

What to look for when ex­am­in­ing your skin

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Contents -

get­ting to know your skin and check­ing once a month for ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties is cru­cial to help­ing your doc­tor catch skin can­cer in the early, most treat­able stages. This is equally im­por­tant if you have nat­u­rally dark skin, as a can­cer will more likely be found at a later, more dan­ger­ous stage than those with lighter skin.

YOUR SELF-EXAM

STEP 1 In a room with good light, un­dress and stand in front of a full-length mir­ror.

STEP 2 In­spect your en­tire front, back and sides, rais­ing your arms to get the best view.

STEP 3 Bend your el­bows and look at all parts of your arms, hands (palms, fin­ger­nails) and un­der­arms.

STEP 4 Sit in a chair and ex­am­ine your legs and feet. Don’t for­get your soles and be­tween the toes.

STEP 5 Part­ing your hair in sec­tions, use a hand mir­ror to ex­am­ine your scalp and neck.

STEP 6 Use the hand mir­ror to look at your but­tocks and gen­i­tals.

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