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Because skin cancer is on the rise, you should undergo a thorough examination by a healthcare expert annually. In addition to yearly skin checks, it’s also a great idea to understand how to examine yourself with a strange looking mole. The Skin Care Center of America suggests designating one day a month to thoroughly check your body over for irregularities. The ideal time for this task is following your shower routine and, of course, where plenty of light is present. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to look for, the experts at Advanced Dermatology have gathered a few tips.
Examine yourself for anything new:
Check your body from head to toe:
Contrary to what you’ve been told, sometimes it pays to worry, just a little. Spotting a mole and being able to self diagnose it leads to earlier treatment and a better chance of recovery. Following your home exams, it is important to take detailed notes and keep track of any changes in your body. Examining your skin monthly will help you learn the landscape of your body so that you will be alert when something does not look right. If something seems a bit off, see your doctor in a timely manner for an early diagnosis. Your dermatologist will examine your mole and provide a biopsy to determine if the lesion is cancerous.
The dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology in New York and New Jersey are highly experienced in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our doctors offer expert medical care and patient management. If you’re concerned about a lesion, mole or brown spot on your skin, please contact us for a consultation. We are conveniently located throughout the New York metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.