Skin Health Self Exam

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Skin health is very important and the best way to keep skin healthy is to check yourself from top to bottom on a regular basis. Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding skin cancer.

Dr. Sherry Ingraham of Advanced Dermatology suggests, that you follow the “ABCDE” approach when giving yourself a full examination. During your exam if you see a mole, you should be looking for asymmetry, border unevenness, more than one color, diameter (large is worse), evolution (any changing).  If any of the ABCDEs are questionable, it is highly recomended that you call your dermatologist immediately.  Early detection of melanoma and other forms of skin cancers are crucial to a high survival rate

Are you doing your self-exams?

Skin cancer and melanoma should always be a concern.  Skin cancer can be found on every part of the body- from your scalp to the inside of your ears, under your nails, all the way down to your feet.  After doing a self-exam and making sure everything checks out fine, you must continue to guard yourself against the sun with SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection, preferably containing zinc.

For a more in-depth understanding of skin health, see the original article here:
It’s time to get naked! It could save your life.