Why You Should Check Your Skin


Each year, more and more Canadians are diagnosed with skin cancer; in fact, about 1 in 6 Canadians will be diagnosed with it. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is key, as most skin cancers that are found and removed early are almost always curable. Both Basal Cell and Squamous Cell carcinoma are 99% treatable if detected early, and even melanoma can have a high chance of successful treatment when caught early.

To detect any potential skin cancers, we recommend performing a self-examination of your skin once a month. When performing a skin check, keep in mind the ABCDE’s: Asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolution. Be on the lookout for abnormal moles on your skin, or any changes in a mole’s color, size or shape.

To perform a skin check, you will need:

  • Full length mirror
  • Handheld mirror
  • Comb to part hair with

You can also ask a family member, friend or spouse for help checking your scalp, back, and other areas that may be hard to see.

If you have any issues or concerns, contact your doctor or nurse.

How to perform a self-exam

Learn what to look for