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How do you perform a skin self-exam for skin cancer?

Your skin is the largest organ on your body and the most susceptible to the environment. One common concern of the skin is that of skin cancer. Skin cancer is rising in patients of all ages and is typically a result of unprotected skin and the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Fortunately, there are ways to spot the early signs of skin cancer, and our team at Kendall Dermatology strongly encourages patients to pay close attention to changes in their skin and attend regular, annual skin cancer screenings with an experienced dermatological team of providers. Dr. Akhil Gupta and his team provide these head-to-toe screenings, but there are steps you can take at home to perform a self-examination.

Below are a few tips and recommendations from our team:

  • Use a full-length mirror to examine the entire body.
  • Evaluate your arms, including the underarms, forearms, and palms of the hand.
  • Evaluate your legs and feet, including the areas between the toes and the soles of the feet.
  • Use a handheld mirror to examine both the neck and the scalp, parting the hair to look for unusual skin changes or growths.
  • Use a handheld mirror to check your buttocks and back.

If you perform a self-skin examination and find any areas of concern, it is always a smart idea to connect with a dermatologist for further evaluation. With any sign of possible skin cancer, Dr. Akhil Gupta will often perform a biopsy. This is a fast procedure during which a portion of the skin is excised and sent to a laboratory for further evaluation. In situations where the laboratory finds skin cancer, patients will be notified of their laboratory results and educated on their options for treatment.

Schedule yourself for an appointment at Kendall Dermatology today!

If you reside in the Miami, FL area and want to speak to a professional about the benefits of a skin self-examination in-between annual skin cancer screenings, call 305-595-0393 to request a consultation. Dr. Akhil Gupta and his team are readily available to assist with your skincare needs, including both new and existing patients.

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