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You Will Need
- A full-length mirror
- A handheld mirror
- Good lighting
- A camera (optional)
- A blow-dryer (optional)
Look for ABCD's
Familiarize yourself with the ABCD's—that is, asymmetry, border, color, and diameter. Moles or birthmarks that are asymmetrical, have a jagged or irregular border, are blotchy or not all one color, or are bigger than about the size of a pencil eraser should be seen by a doctor.
Check after bathing
Check yourself immediately after bathing so you're clean—and naked. It is important to check your entire body.
Examine your hands, including your palms and fingernails.
Use full-length mirror
Use the full-length mirror to inspect your arms, elbows, and underarms.
Check face, neck, & head
Check your face, neck, and head in the full-length mirror, and use a handheld mirror to see the back side.
Check chest & back
Check your chest and back and beneath your breasts if you have them.
Inspect genital region
Use the hand mirror to inspect your genital region.
Inspect legs & buttocks
Turn your back to the full-length mirror and use the handheld mirror to inspect the backs of your legs and buttocks.
Inspect legs & feet
Sit down to inspect your legs and feet more closely.
See a doctor
If anything seems to fit the ABCD rule, if anything is new or has changed since your last check, if you have a sore that won't heal, or if you're uncertain about anything you find, see a doctor.