Health Tip: Examining Yourself for Skin Cancer


(HealthDay News) -- One of the best protections again skin cancer is to examine your skin regularly. Here are some tips on what to look for, courtesy of the Skin Cancer Foundation:
Look for any darkened patches of skin, irregular or new moles, or any other new growths. Conduct your examination in a well-lit room. Examine your head and scalp using a mirror. Use a hair dryer to move hair out of the way for a better view of your scalp. Check hands, fingers and fingernails. Using a full-length mirror, examine your forearms, elbows, underarms and biceps. Women should check on and around their breasts; everyone should check their chest, neck, shoulders, back and abdomen. Sit down to examine the tops and bottoms of the feet, and your toes.