· When you are at the doctor, he/she will remove an area of skin if it does not look normal. This is called a biopsy.
· A biopsy is the only sure way to tell if the problem is cancer.
Steps for Self Examination:
1. After taking a bath or a shower, you should examine your skin in a room with a very good light and a full size mirror. Using a hand-held mirror will help you see the front, back, and sides (including the underarms and backs of the legs and feet] your feet, and the scalp (a blow dryer can help to move the hair away from the scalp for easier viewing).
2. Note the location, size, shape, number, and color of all familiar moles, birthmarks, scars, and blemishes.
3. Record any new or unusual changes in the skin such as a sore that does not heal, or a mole that has grown or changed color.
4. If you notice any changes, consult your doctor as soon as possible.