Regular Body Checks go a Long Way to Catching Skin Cancer Early

If you or a family member has a history of skin cancer, you are well acquainted with a regular body check done by a professional - a head-to-toe examination in search of suspicious moles or other spots that could indicate other areas of concern. The healthcare provider will examine all areas of your body, including your scalp, face, neck, chest, abdomen, back, buttocks, and extremities. He or she will also check between your fingers and toes, behind your ears, and possibly inside your lips. This is a painless exam without needles or lab tests. And while it may be a little embarrassing to expose so much of your body, it truly can save your life.

It’s a good idea, though, for everyone to do regular self checks so you can note if anything changes over time. What are you looking for?

New spots not seen during your last exam

  • Raised spots, especially if abnormal in color

  • Dry scaly areas

  • Spots that are asymmetrical and with an irregular edge

  • Moles that itch or tingle

  • Moles that weep or bleed

And, if you fall into one of these categories, even without a history of skin cancer, it’s probably best to let a professional take a look.

  • Fair skin or other skin that burns easily

  • Blue or Green eyes

  • Blond or Red hair

  • Many moles

Windsor Dermatology is available for body checks. Call today to schedule your consultation.

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