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What equipment do I need to perform a skin self-exam?

The goal of a skin self-exam is to look thoroughly at all areas of your body, so you'll need a well-lit room with a full-length mirror, plus a hand mirror and a blow dryer. The bathroom is generally an ideal location. Also, having your significant other around to help will make things much easier. Grab your camera so you can take pics of all the areas you can—and even can't—see. These will be useful for your doc to check in the future if anything suspicious shows up.

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