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Self-Screening for Skin Cancer
The way to find skin cancer early is with regular skin exams and checking your skin at home regularly.
Skin self-exams are very important if you’re at risk for skin cancer. Get to know the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles and other marks on your skin. Any new moles or changes in existing moles should be checked by your healthcare provider right away.
Tips for Checking Your Skin at Home
The best time to do a skin self-exam is after a shower or bath. It’s important to look for changes when you do the self-exam. Do the exam the same way each time so you don’t miss any part of your body. If needed, ask someone for help when checking your skin. This can help with hard-to-see areas like your back and scalp.
- Check your skin in a room with a lot of light. Use both a full-length mirror and a hand-held mirror, so that you can see your whole body.
- Look at the front and back of your body in the mirror.
- Raise your arms and look at your left and right sides. Women should look under their breasts.
- Examine the back and front of your legs. Also look between your buttocks and at your genital area.
- Check the fronts and backs of your hands and forearms carefully, including between the fingers and under the fingernails.
- Sit down and closely examine your feet. This includes the soles and the spaces between your toes. Also examine the nail bed of each toe.
- Look at your face, neck and scalp. You may want to use a comb or blow-dryer to move your hair as you look, so you can see your scalp more clearly.
Preventing Skin Cancer
Since skin cancer is a largely preventable disease there are several things you can do to protect yourself. The Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap method will help you limit your sun exposure: Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, and Wrap on some sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Why Choose Inspira for Skin Cancer Care
We combine cutting-edge medical technology with a human touch, allowing us to provide expert care. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained oncology physicians are well-versed in the latest cancer treatments and are equipped with advanced technologies that can increase your chances for a successful recovery. We also understand that navigating the ups and downs of life with cancer can be overwhelming, which is why we provide a built-in support system of social workers, counselors, coordinators, registered dieticians and behavioral health specialists so you and your family don’t have to walk the path to recovery alone.
Inspira’s oncology physicians take a multi-faceted approach to detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer by looking at your condition from a holistic perspective. Whether you’re just beginning treatment or are a cancer-free survivor, we take everything—genetics, lifestyle habits and other risk factors—into account when designing your care plan. By treating the whole person rather than just the disease itself, we’re able to offer a more targeted, personalized experience.
Inspira participates in clinical trials to explore new ways to prevent, detect or treat cancer. Clinical trials can also focus on other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with cancer. Participants help others and may also benefit from receiving the newest treatment along with additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.
Residents of South Jersey need not travel far to get the best in cancer care—with two cancer centers in the Southern New Jersey region, Inspira delivers a full breadth of cancer services close to where you live. When you’re not distracted by a long commute to your medical provider, you have more energy to focus on what’s important: healing and getting your life back.
Inspira Skin Cancer Care Locations
Inspira’s team of primary care providers, dermatologists and oncologists are based in convenient locations across South Jersey.