The full-skin examination for detection of skin cancer paired with skin self-exams are your best tools to detect pre-cancerous lesions and skin cancers.
- The purpose of the full-skin exam is primarily to screen for malignant melanoma. The frequency of the exam depends on your risk factors.
- The purpose of the skin self-exam is to help you track new moles and changes to existing moles on your body.
- The Body Mole Map (download the map and use it!!) from the AAD makes it easy for you to track the moles. It is recommended that you perform monthly skin self exams, and that you bring the information with you to share with your dermatologist during your full-skin exam.
- Always contact your dermatologist if your notice changes to the moles or freckles on your skin.
How to Perform a Self-Exam of Your Skin
A video from the AAD
Skin Cancer Risk Factors
- History of skin cancer
- Childhood sunburns
- Skin type
- Sun damage
- Number of moles
- Number of atypical moles