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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Self-examination to prevent skin cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common, but also the easiest to cure, as long as it is detected early. However, if it is allowed to advance, it can cause disfigurement and even death of the patient. To detect it, it is recommended to go to a dermatological check-up once a year and perform a monthly self-examination.

The self-examination will be a process that will take you approximately 10 minutes. We explain how to make it.

The body map 

The first step is to make a body map. In this, mark a point to locate each mole, freckle, blow, scale or spot. Draw a line next to it, at the end of which you will note its approximate size and color, as well as the date you are doing it.

In each test you do, place the place on your skin that matches each point, place the date again, as well as any change you detect in size, color or shape. Do not forget to add new spots, freckles or moles. 

This map will allow you to track monthly documented to detect any suspicious changes in time.

What are the warning signs?
  • A spot, mole or pearly pear, translucent, tanned, brown, black, or of different colors.
  • If you detect that this spot or mole has grown or changed shape, color, thickness or texture.
  • A mole or spot greater than 6 mm or ¼ ", and that has appeared after 21 years of age.
  • A sore that takes more than three weeks to heal and that causes pain, itching, bleeding or scab.

Examining our skin

It is advisable to perform the self-examination in a well-lit room and in front of a full-length mirror. Also use a hand mirror for difficult areas, such as the back of the thighs, buttocks or lower back. Tip: if you have long hair, you can use a hair dryer to help you correctly visualize the scalp.

It is important to use a hand mirror in order to check the nape of the neck, the buttocks and the back of the legs. You also have to check the feet (between the fingers and the plants). If you are a woman you will need to lift your breasts to examine the skin underneath them. 

In case you detect a mole, spot or suspicious sin, do not hesitate to go to a doctor, preferably one specialized in skin diseases. Remember that this disease is easy to cure if the detection is done on time.


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