Detecting Skin Cancer - Self-examination

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Detecting Skin Cancer - Self-examination
Detecting Skin Cancer - Self-examination
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Skin self-examination

Through regular self-observation of the skin, you can determine changes on the surface of the skin yourself. The best way to examine your skin is in good light and with the help of a full-length mirror, hand mirror, hairdryer and two chairs. Pay attention to all areas of your skin. Not all areas of skin are easy to see - such as the back. You may ask your partner or a family member to help you…


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Examination from head to toe

Face, head (skin), neck. Examine the face and neck thoroughly. Also note the lips and ears. The two mirrors are helpful here. Use a hair dryer to check the scalp.

Back of the body. Pay attention to the back of your body. Check your neck, shoulders and back. You can also examine the buttocks and the back of the legs while standing.
Hands, arms, chest and stomach. Look closely at your hands. Observe fingers, spaces between the fingers, fingernails, forearms, upper arms and elbows “all around”. Raise your arms, turn and look at the body from the side.
Feet, legs, buttocks, genitals and anus. Sit down - preferably on a chair. One at a time, place your legs on a second chair and examine toes, spaces between toes, feet, toenails, heels, and soles (hand mirror). The lower legs and thighs can also be viewed while sitting. Also, examine the genitals and anus.

Source: Swiss Cancer League

There are different forms of skin cancer. These can show through different changes in the skin. Therefore, pay attention not only to existing moles and pigmented areas of skin but to the entire skin and various changes.

Warning signs for skin cancer are changes in the skin such as growth, color changes, itching, bleeding. In any case, have any abnormalities examined by a dermatologist. You can also contact her / him if you have any questions about the self-examination.

additional Information

Information on preventive care and self-examinations, etc. can be found in Advice, Downloads & Tools. Information on sun & protection, solariums and skin cancer can be found at:

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