Step 2: Monitor Your Body

Monitoring your body regularly can help spot cancer early and save your life.
Monitor your skin

Frequency

Preparation

Examination

Examine your face, especially your nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use one or both mirrors to get a clear view.

Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose each section to view. Get a friend or family member to help, if you can.

Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers and under the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both the front and back of your forearms.

Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and scan all sides of your upper arms. Don’t forget the underarms.

Next, focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the undersides.

With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4.

Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.

Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the hand mirror to examine the genitals. Check the front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes and under toenails. Examine soles of the feet and heels.

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Take photos of any suspected changes that have occurred and compare to previous photos.

If you notice any changes, consider them “red flags”. They do not mean you have cancer. However, contact your dermatologist or medical team for a professional evaluation.

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