Self-examination can detect skin cancer at the earliest stage, when it is most easily cured. The vast majority of skin cancers are self-detected. When checking your skin, be sure to look over your whole body, not just the parts that are exposed to the sun. This includes your scalp, the soles of your feet, and between your toes. You can use a mirror to check the back side of your body or ask a family member or close friend.
Memorial Sloan Kettering provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for people with skin cancers. Watch this video for more information about melanoma and the signs to look out for when checking your skin.