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UV Safety Month Skin

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

You don’t need x-rays or blood tests to find skin cancer early – just your eyes and a mirror. Regular skin self-exams are especially important for people who are at higher risk of skin cancer, such as people with reduced immunity, people who have had skin cancer before, and people with a strong family history of skin cancer. Talk to your doctor about how often you should examine your skin.


The first time you examine your skin, spend time carefully going over the entire surface. Learn the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin so that you’ll notice any changes next time. Be sure to show your doctor any areas that concern you.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to examine your skin:

Check your face, ears, neck, chest, and belly. Women will need to lift their breasts to check the skin underneath.


Check your underarm areas, both sides of your arms, the tops and palms of your hands, in between your fingers, and under your fingernails.


Check the front of your thighs, shins, tops of your feet, in between your toes, and under your toenails.


Now use a hand mirror to look at the bottoms of your feet, your calves, and the backs of your thighs, first checking one leg and then the other.


Use the hand mirror to check your buttocks, genital area, lower and upper back, and the back of your neck and ears. Or it may be easier to look at your back in the wall mirror using a hand mirror.


Use a comb or hair dryer to part your hair so that you can check your scalp.


The best time to do a skin self-exam is after a bath or shower. Check any moles, blemishes, or birthmarks from the top of your head to your toes. If you look at your skin regularly, you will know what’s normal for you.


Stay safe this July for UV Safety Month!


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