Skin checks at home are an important additional tool to decrease your risk from skin cancer

Studies have shown that regular skin checks at home makes it twice as likely that a melanoma will be diagnosed when it is thin and small, potentially meaning total cure through just removal of the cancer from the skin.

One fact that is often missed is that most skin cancers in men are on the back, a place that is quite hard to look at yourself! (80-82). It is very important therefore to have others help you with regular self examination. I often encourage photos at home as part of this self check. Please watch my video  to see how a proper self examination should be performed.

Why do I need a skin check?
 

  • Regular checks give you a good chance of spotting the signs of sun damage before they become serious

  • Regular checks will help you get to know your own skin and gain a greater understanding of what is normal on your skin and what is not, which will help you in identifying any new or changing areas of your skin

  • Extremely important for those with a higher risk of getting skin cancer (people with reduced immunity, people who have had skin cancer before, and people with a strong family history of skin cancer) to be checked regularly to avoid any cancerous spots

  • Cancer can appear on parts of the body which are not exposed to the sun, so checking these regularly is also very important

  • Detecting sun spots early means potentially avoiding cancer

  • Sun spots and skin cancers that are identified and treated early have a better outcome than most other types of cancer

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