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3 Easy Tips to Check Your Skin Like An Expert

Posted on 08 November 2016

3 EASY TIPS TO CHECK YOUR SKIN LIKE AN EXPERT

Did you know that you are more likely to find your melanoma than a doctor?

It makes sense: you see your skin every day and because you know what is normal for you. Or at least you should know your skin. If you don’t think you know your skin, then please make some time now to do so!

Along with your monthly breast check, add an extra 2 minutes into the routine to do a “mole patrol” to check for signs of sun damage on your skin.

Here are my top 3 quick and simple tips to ensure you’re making the most of your time:

1. Getting an established routine

It is recommended you check your skin monthly. It's easy to forget. So mark it on the calendar or put it into your Google calendar. Combine it with an existing monthly task (breast self-check, buying a packet of tampons, etc). Ask your partner to remind you. Remind your friends. Do what you need to do to remember. 
 

2. Get naked

Check all your skin, under the boobs, sole of your feet, on your scalp. Ask for help if you need to. Systemise your search, (i.e. head to toe) to ensure you’re checking everything. Your skin is your largest organ, so there is a lot of ground to cover!  Be especially alert to moles that have changed shape or size or that hurt, itch, or bleed.
 

3. Look for new dots and spots

For those of us over 35 years old, 70% of cancers come from new moles. Basically, after the age of 35 no new moles should appear, so if you see something new, no matter its size, shape or colour, get it checked out.

 

The statistics are scary: Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70 and 90%-99% of skin cancer is related to sun exposure.  There is no better time to start checking your skin!  

Skin cancers rarely hurt and are much more frequently seen than felt – so please check your skin regularly. I do it along with my monthly breast check on the first day of each month – it just takes an extra 2 minutes to do a #MolePatrol.  And if you have any concerns, don’t put it off, go see a doctor immediately!

See http://www.skincancer.org/  or http://www.melanoma.org/ or http://www.cancer.org.au/ or http://www.sunsmart.com.au/ or your doctor for more information.

With love,

Annaliese

 

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