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Skin cancer surveillance-check your skin

If you have multiple moles, it is very important that you have an accurate record of them.The best way to achieve this is to have a series of photographs to guard against future skin changes.Do not try and rely on memory.Digital mole screening can be carried out by a skin expert, such as Dr Ashworth, this involves a series of around 100-200 high-quality photographs taken of the entire body. (The procedure is also a good chance for the dermatologist to do a full body check for moles).
The pictures are saved onto computer, and these are used as a baseline for future checks. If you have had this done professionally, you should keep a copy of the pictures yourself in a safe place and check your skin regularly against the pictures.You can check your skin yourself, the best way to detect skin cancer is to check your skin regularly, around once a month if you have many moles.
You should examine the skin all over your body from top to bottom.Initially, take pictures on your smart phone or camera of your complete body (ask a friend or family member to help with your head, ears, back and any areas you can’t easily see yourself). Check your arms, under arms and both sides of your hands. Move onto the lower parts of your body and check the front and back of your legs, feet, soles of feet and toes.Use your set of photographs as your baseline, and check your skin every month and compare to your pictures if you think something has changed..If you see any patches of skin or a mole that is changing shape, changing colour, growing, bleeding, crusting, o has become itchy, or you just have a bad feeling about them get them checked by a skin expert.

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