How to Spot Skin Cancer

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Hi, I'm Dr. Oz. Are you at risk for skin cancer? Young, old, dark skin, or pale, anyone can get basal cell skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma, that's the most dangerous kind of skin cancer. That's why you should do an annual spot check. You and your partner should take a good look at your back, your butt, between your toes, the soles of your feet, the back of your arms, legs and neck, and your scalp, and check your face, your throat, your torso, and the front of your arms and legs which you can do on your own with a full-length mirror.

You're looking for a spot with any of these suspicious characteristics, asymmetry, irregular boarders, colors that vary within the spot, and spots larger than the end of a pencil eraser. You can even download free smart phone melanoma screening apps to make it easier to Id every spot. If you have any question about a spot, see a dermatologist, and to make sure you don't ever find one, when outside wear zinc-oxide sun screen with SPF of 30, year round and never, ever, ever use a tanning bed. I'm Dr. Oz, for more ways to protect your good health, check out our smart tips.