It is important for everyone to do regular self exams to look for skin cancer on their body. If you see anything that arouses your suspicion you should have it checked immediately by a doctor.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation you need to look for the following warning signs when doing a self-exam:
A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that:
- changes color
- increases in size or thickness
- changes in texture
- is irregular in outline
- is bigger than 6mm or 1/4”, the size of a pencil eraser
- appears after age 21
A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed
An open sore that does not heal within three weeks
For detailed instructions about how to do a self-exam go this page on The Skin Cancer Foundation website.
This slide show from WebMD has great photos of what skin cancer can look like.