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Skin cancer surveillance-check your skin

If you have a lot of moles, it is imperative that you have an accurate record of them to check against in the future.The best way to do this is to have a collection of photographs to compare  to.Do not try and rely on your memory.Digital Mole Screening or Mole mapping, can be carried out by a skin expert, tit usually involves a series of around 100-200 high-quality images taken of the whole body. (The procedure is also a good chance for the dermatologist to do a check the body for moles).The images should be saved onto computer, and these are used as a baseline for future checks, you should keep a copy of the pictures yourself in a safe place and check your skin regularly, if you suspect any changes, you can  check against the images.You can do the skin checks yourself, 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 mobile phone or camera of your body (ask someone to assist taking pictures of your head, ears, back and any areas you can’t easily see yourself). Once you have taken pictures of the head and neck, continue with 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.Check your skin regularly, every month and compare to your pictures if you  think something   has changed.

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