Self-Exams Improve Early Detection Rate
It’s important to learn about the warning signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self-examination. You may find it helpful to have your doctor do a full-body exam first. Then, following your doctor’s instructions, practice a monthly head-to-toe examination of your skin, looking for any changes. (After the first few times, self-examination should take no more than 10 minutes.) If you spot anything suspicious, see your doctor. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. Ask your doctor how often to return for a professional skin check.
Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation