How To: Detect Skin Cancer

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Dr. Carolyn Jacob of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology gave us a few tips on how to spot skin cancer. Before you begin, you’ll need a standing mirror and a hand mirror to check those hard-to-reach places like your back, the backs of your legs, and the bottom of your feet.

Know your ABCDs of skin cancer detection

  • A stands for asymmetry: If one half of your moles doesn’t match the other
  • B stands for border: Make sure the border of your mole isn’t choppy or irregular
  • C stands for color: Make sure your mole isn’t more than one color.
  • D stands for diameter: If the mole is larger than six millimeters or the size of a pencil eraser head, make sure you get it checked out

In addition to these tips, be sure to tell your dermatologist about any spot that won’t stop bleeding or any one that appears to have a scab that doesn’t heal. Be sure to see your dermatologist once a year for a full-body mole exam and remember, prevention is key so slather on that sunscreen.

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