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Give Yourself a Skin Cancer Checkup
Did you realize that skin cancer is almost always curable when it’s found and treated early?
A key to early detection is skin self-exams each month. That sounds simple enough, but do you know what you’re looking for? Improve your chances of detecting skin cancers by brushing up on some skin cancer facts.
What to Watch for
While skin cancer can be found anywhere on the body, it most often develops on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. Skin cancer can appear as a:
The most lethal form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, usually begins in a mole. When examining moles, look for the “ABCDEs” of malignant melanoma:
How to Check Your Skin
Now that you know what to look for, here’s how to examine your skin:
If you notice anything questionable, see your doctor.
Regular professional skin exams are important, too. Based on your personal risk factors and family history, your doctor can help you decide how often you should be checked.
Ask your Rite Aid Pharmacist for more information on skin cancer and early detection.
“How Do I Check My Skin?” American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer/understanding-skin-cancer/how-do-i-check-my-skin.
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