What to look for when examining your skin
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.
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.