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The Big Three from The Big See
Here are 3 things to look for when you’re looking for skin cancer
Keep an eye out for any new moles or blemishes that have popped up – especially if they appear after age 21.
A leopard’s spots don’t change – and neither should yours
Always check if your spots are CHANGING in color, shape, size or texture.
One of these things is not like the others…
Look for spots that are UNUSUAL in outline or continuously itch, hurt, crust or bleed for more than 3 weeks.
Skin Cancer is the cancer you can see
Yet skin cancer often goes undetected until it’s too late. The Big See campaign aims to inspire you to open your eyes, get to know your skin, look in the mirror and keep these 3 words in mind: NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL. It could save your life.
Reflect on This
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to skin cancer, so make sure you know all the facts.
2 people die of skin cancer every hour
Skin cancer is the
most common type of cancer
in the United States
1 in 5 Americans
develop skin cancer
by the age of 70
Your risk for melanoma doubles if you’ve had
more than 5 sunburns
The good news is that if you
catch skin cancer early enough
you can be A-OK
More to See
Hear what people had to say about their personal encounter with The Big See.
“Mom, What’s That?”
It’s the one question that would save Sue Manber’s life. Skin cancer can happen to anyone, at any age, on any part of the body. Catching it early can be the difference between life and death – and Sue’s story is proof of that.
The Step by Step Self-Exam
You have the most powerful tool to detect skin cancer. Your eyes. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you do a head-to-toe self-examination of your skin every month, and if you see something, do something. Remember, if you detect skin cancer early enough, you can be A-OK. So, what are you waiting for?
How to check your skin
Here’s what you’ll need: a bright light, a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, two chairs or stools and a blow-dryer.
1. Examine your face
2. Inspect your scalp
3. Check your hands
4. Scan your arms
5. Inspect your torso
6. Scan upper back
7. Scan lower back
8. Inspect your legs
If you see something NEW, CHANGING or UNUSUAL, get it checked out right away!
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