The Complete Skin Examination

The complete skin examination by your dermatologist has many benefits. Some of these benefits include:

• A review of your skin’s overall health
• Time for your doctor to check all lesions, even ones you may not have noticed
• Time for you to point out spots that concern you
• A clue to underlying internal problems.

You may be a partner in your skin care by doing a skin self-examination at home. Practice frequent self-examinations. Remember, prompt surgical excision of an early melanoma/skin cancer offers an excellent chance of a cure.

If you have any doubt about a mark/lesion, see a dermatologist.

See the chart below for instruction of how to perform a self-examination for melanoma/skin cancer.

The ABC’s of recognizing a suspicious skin lesion which could be a melanoma/skin cancer.
A stands for asymmetry. If you draw an imaginary line through the center of a mole, the two halves will look different in
   shape, color or both.
B is for border. Look for edges that are uneven, scalloped or blurry.
C is for color. A normal mole is one color throughout. Melanomas may contain different colors or different shades of
   a color.
D stands for diameter. Most melanomas are ¼ inch (roughly the size of a pencil eraser) or larger.