Skin Self-Exam: How to Do

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that  one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.

You can detect skin cancer early by following dermatologists’ tips for checking your skin.

If you notice a spot that is different from others, or that changes, itches or bleeds, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

 self-exam-1.jpg
   
Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.
 self-exam-2.jpg
   
Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, upper underarms and palms.
 self-exam-3.jpg
   
Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes, and the soles of your feet.
 self-exam-4.jpg
   
Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair for a closer look.
 self-exam-5.jpg
   
Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.

© 2019 American Academy of Dermatology. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication strictly prohibited without prior written permission. Use of these materials is subject to the legal notice and terms of use located at https://www.aad.org/about/legal

What Our Patients Are Saying

  • "The doctor and his staff are lifesavers! Not only were they able to get me in to be seen on short notice, but they also saw my mother in the same exam room so we could remain together."
    Janet
  • "Dr. Coleman is so sweet and very informative, and his staff is so sweet as well! Highly recommend his practice!"
    Tiffany

Contact Us

404 N Acadia Rd

Thibodaux, LA 70301 US

(985) 447-3889

Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-3:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Connect With Us