Skin cancer can be very serious, but when it is caught and treated early it has a high cure rate. That’s why it’s so important to check your skin regularly, so that you are aware of the usual moles and spots on your body and can easily recognize any changes. But when should you get a skin cancer screening?
Checking skin moles
In order to be proactive about preventing skin cancer, doctors recommend that individuals do a monthly self-examination to identify any changes to the moles on their skin. Examining moles regularly, increases the likelihood of early detection of skin cancer.
What to look for
When checking the skin, individuals should look for changes in the asymmetry, border, color, diameter, of the mole, or any evolving moles. This is known as the ABCDE rule, and is used as a guide to identify any atypical moles. If a mole displays any of these signs, it’s important to have it checked immediately by a dermatologist.
When to get a skin cancer screening
Individuals with a family or personal history of skin cancer should get screened at least once a year. People that are at high risk of developing skin cancer, such as those that sunburn easily, have fair skin, or have a history of using tanning beds, should also get annual skin cancer screening. Everyone else should get a skin check whenever they are concerned about changes to a mole on their skin (learn more).
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