A look a month
can save your life
YOUR BATH OFFERS a perfect opportunity to perform a very important task
once a month: examining yourself for skin cancer. According to the American
Cancer Society, skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and
has been on the rise over the last few decades.
What you’ll need:
• A bright light
• A full-length mirror
• A hand mirror
• A comb and a blow dryer
1. Examine your head and face,
using one or both mirrors.
Use the comb and the blow
dryer to inspect your scalp.
2. Check your hands, including
nails, plus elbows, arms, underarms, neck, chest, torso
and under your breasts.
3. With your back to the mirror,
use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck,
shoulders, upper arms, back,
buttocks and legs.
4. Sitting down, check your legs and feet, including soles, heels and under
Notify your doctor if you notice any skin changes or new spots from the
To learn more about skin cancer prevention and early detection, visit the
American Cancer Society’s Web site at www.cancer.org. A
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DID YOU KNOW?
• Skin cancer and skin aging result from
exposure to UVB and UVA rays that builds
over the years. The sun damage to the dermal matrix is cumulative, which is why the
pace of developing leathery skin, wrinkling
and age spots seems to accelerate as one
• Everyone needs daily sun protection,
because natural pigment does not provide
surefire insurance against skin cancer. While
darker skin appears to be more resistant
to UV damage (in contrast to fairer skin,
which burns more easily, is quicker to age
and has higher rates of skin cancer), it is
by no means immune.
• Beware of claims of a “safe” tanning bed
or a “healthy” tan. When you use these
machines, you may be adding years to
your looks while increasing your skin’s
vulnerability to skin cancer. If you want a
little color, salon spray tans or at-home
self-tanners are the way to go.