With swimsuit season upon us, now’s a good time for a full-body scan, says Robert Anolik. M.D.
First, learn the ABC’s of mole inspection. A is for asymmetry and B is for border, pay attention to moles with irregular edges. C stands for color. multicolored moles, ones with black, brown, and white tones, for example, are more suspicious. D stands for diameter; any mole greater than the size of an eraser head should be checked. E is for evolving; if a mole changes seek medical attention.
Stand in front of a full length mirror and exam yourself from all angles. Use a hand mirror for the back of your torse, the backs of your upper arms, and other hard-to-see areas.
Sit on the floor and inspect your feet. Be sure to look between your toes, where cancer can also appear.
Scan your face under a bright light for pink, pearly patches, which could indicate basal cell cancer.
Don’t forget your scalp. Part your hair and use the hand mirror to examine the back of your head.
Source: Parade Magazine insert to The Cleveland Plain Dealer 7-1-2012