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Healthy To-Do: Check Your Skin

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Today, take some time out to check your skin for suspicious moles and markings, which could lead to skin cancer.

Put yourself in front of a mirror, naked, and scan your entire body, especially body parts you don't see on a regular basis, like your back. If you'd like a trained eye to examine your skin, the Skin Cancer Foundation is offering free screenings at locations around the country now through September with its Road to Healthy Skin Tour; it is veritable mobile dermatologist office. Check this calendar that has the events listed by state — it will visit more than 80 locations.

If you're not sure what you are looking for, check out these four warning signs for skin cancer, with visual representations of healthy moles versus questionable ones.

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evlove evlove 7 years
very true misskacie! you are NEVER too young! i'm only 23, and i've already had two skin cancer scares! if you have any moles that are questionable, please get them checked out! for me, they changed size and color, two things they should not do.
misskacie misskacie 7 years
DO IT, ladies. You can't be too young, even if you don't tan. My good friend was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma at age 22, just two weeks after she gave birth. It had spread and she had to undergo chemo treaments so aggressive she couldn't even hold or nurse her own baby.She's cancer-free now, but *what* a wake-up call. I'm porcelain-skinned myself, so I'm always on watch.
misskacie misskacie 7 years
DO IT, ladies. You can't be too young, even if you don't tan. My good friend was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma at age 22, just two weeks after she gave birth. It had spread and she had to undergo chemo treaments so aggressive she couldn't even hold or nurse her own baby. She's cancer-free now, but *what* a wake-up call. I'm porcelain-skinned myself, so I'm always on watch.
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