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Mole Map: Connect the Spots

Focused on Health - May 2011

woman looking at mole for skin cancerKeeping track of the spots on your skin is a must for beating skin cancer. And luckily, more than half of skin cancers occur in areas of the body easily within view.  

Use this Body Mole Map from the American Academy of Dermatology to record your unusual spots.

Get to know your skin

The most common locations for melanomas (the deadliest form of skin cancer) in men are the chest and back. In women, the legs are the most common site. Pay special attention to these parts when examining your skin, but don’t forget to check less common areas as well.

The idea is to get familiar with your entire body. Learn where your birthmarks, moles and blemishes are, and what they usually look and feel like. You should be familiar with what is normal for you.

Look for new growths, spots, bumps or patches. Also, pay attention to sores that don't heal within a couple of months.

See your doctor right away if you notice any unusual skin changes. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, but it’s also the easiest to cure if found and treated early.

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