Skin Self-Check Guide

It is very important to check your body for abnormal moles and other irregularities on your skin because early detection is the best prevention against skin cancer. Dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman recommends using the "ABCDE" rule when performing a self-check which is to check for asymmetry, border irregularity, a color that is abnormal, a diameter greater than six millimeters, and if it is evolving in size, shape, or color. One or more of these changing elements could be cause for concern. Use the graphic below from the American Academy of Dermatology to help you perform a body check, and if you notice anything abnormal make an appointment with a dermatologist.  

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