How to Properly Check your Skin for Skin Cancer

skin cancer rochester nyGiving yourself self-exams every month and visiting The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester on a regular basis are both important ways to ensure that you can detect any signs of skin cancer as early on as possible. However, when it comes to giving yourself a self-examination, you might not know exactly what to do and what to look for. Luckily, these following tips will lead you in the right direction.

Did you know that if detected early on, skin cancer is often curable? Try these following steps to help ensure that you stay skin cancer free.

  1. Examine Your Face

To start out with, examine your face by using your hands and a bright light and mirror. You will want to look at the skin on your forehead, cheeks, nose, lips, chin, and eyes in order to see if there are any new moles or skin abnormalities.

  1. Examine Your Scalp

Did you know that you can get skin cancer on your scalp as well? Although it might seem rare, because you aren’t often looking at your scalp, skin cancer can easily sneak up. When examining your scalp, you will need, a hand mirror and a blow dryer.

To start out, take the blow dryer and blow your hair in one direction. As your hair is being blown, your hair will be moved aside and your scalp will become visible. While it is visible, use your handheld mirror to inspect your scalp for any sort of skin discolorations or abnormalities.

  1. Body

Next, you will have to get naked in order to inspect every part of your body for any sort of skin abnormalities or discoloration. When looking at your body, make sure to focus on your arms, legs, hands, feet torso, and neck.

  1. Your Backside

Although it might seem virtually impossible to self-examine your backside, it is actually quite achievable. Simply grab a handheld mirror and stand in front of a full-length mirror. Use the handheld mirror to help you see your backside in the full length mirror.

While conducting your examination, if you notice anything that is out of normal and that you are concerned about, contact The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester to schedule an appointment. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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