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Anyone can get skin cancer. It doesn’t matter what your skin color is. Doing a monthly skin check is an important way to spot early signs of melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. But if it’s found early, it can be treated. Regular skin checks can help you track any changes in your skin.
Each month, check your body for any spots such as freckles, age spots, and moles. Use this sheet to help you by doing the following:
Number each spot you find on the images below.
Record the details for each spot, along with the date, on the chart at the bottom of the page.
Keep all of your completed charts. This will help you track any changes in your skin over time.
When doing a skin check, be sure to use the ABCDEs of melanoma. This means checking spots and moles for the following:
Asymmetry. One half of the mole is not like the other half.
Border. The edges are not smooth but ragged, notched, or blurred.
Color. Color varies from 1 part of the mole to another and may be tan, brown, or black. In some cases the color can be white, red, or blue.
Diameter. The mole is larger than 6 mm (size of a pencil eraser).
Evolving. The mole is getting larger or changing its shape or color.
Stand before a full-length mirror and check all parts of your body. For spots on your back or other areas you can't see, have a family member or friend do this for you. Or you can also use a hand mirror to check hard-to-see areas such as your back, buttocks, back of the neck, and scalp. To get a better look when checking your scalp, part your hair.
Call your healthcare provider if any of your moles:
Show any of the ABCDEs of melanoma
What is the mole's shape?
Border of mole
Color of mole
Diameter of mole
Evolving: How has mole changed?
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