Cancer Detection: Monitoring Your Skin (73)

Monitoring your body regularly can help spot cancer early and save your life

Knowing the signs & symptoms is half the battle! It is important that you monitor your body to detect any red flags for early cancer detection.

Frequency:

Monthly

Preparation:

Examination:

Examine your face, especially your nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use one or both mirrors to get a clear view.
Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view. Get a friend or family member to help, if you can.
Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers and under the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both the front and back of your forearms.
Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms. Don’t forget the underarms.
Next, focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the undersides.
With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4.
Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals. Check the front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes and under toenails. Examine soles of the feet and heels.

Download the Baseline Body Comparison Chart to keep track of skin and weight changes. Be sure to keep it handy for any discussions with your medical team!

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Notice Something? Here’s What To Do Next:

  • Update baseline chart.
  • Take photos of any suspected changes that have occurred and compare to previous photos.
  • If you notice any changes, consider them “red flags”. They do not mean you have cancer. However, contact your dermatologist or medical team for a professional evaluation.

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Increase the chances of successful treatment when you spot cancer early! Download the Skin Monitoring Guide and start monitoring your skin today!

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Download the Complete Body Monitoring Guide to learn how to monitor your entire body for changes that might be symptomatic of cancer.

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Regular monitoring and testing is a life-saving habit. Save a Body Monitoring and Screening & Testing schedule to your Google Calendar or iCalendar to stay on track!

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