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Health Tip: Mole Checking is Easiest Way For Early Detection of Melanoma

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Most women know it’s important to check their breasts for changes to help detect early signs of breast cancer or infection, but did you know it’s also important to check your skin for signs of melanoma?

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. It is also preventable, and often treatable, especially if found early.

So how often should you check your skin? According to a LifeScript.com article, “13 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Melanoma,” you should be doing self-checking once a month, and then getting a more formal annual check from a doctor. If melanoma or other skin cancer runs in your family, a dermatologist can determine if you should be checked more often.

When performing self-checking, start at the top of your body, and work your way down toward your feet. Check your head, neck, shoulders, back, chest, torso, and arms and legs. Take note of each mole, and if one changes in shape, color, oozes, or won’t heal, you should get it checked out.

If you think you or someone close to you may have suspicious looking moles, contact a doctor for an evaluation.

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LifeScript.com: 13 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Melanoma
EmpowHER: Skin Cancer: Don’t Be Scared, Be Well Informed, Take Our Quiz

Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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