Also available in Spanish: TARJETAS DE AUTO-EXAMEN DE PIEL
On The Card Face:
Skin Cancer: If You Can Spot It, You Can Stop It
Skin cancer can lead to disfigurement and even death. But if treated early, it is almost always curable. Coupled with a yearly skin exam by a doctor, self-examination of your skin once a month is the best way to detect the early warning signs of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, the main types of skin cancer. Loo for a new growth or any skin changes.
What You'll Need: a bright light; a full-length mirror; a hand mirror; two chairs or stools; a blow-dryer.
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is especially hard to stop once it has spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body. But it can be readily treated in its earliest stages. See the other side to learn its warning signs.
On The Card Reverse:
The ABCDEs Of Melanoma
Most people have a number of brownish spots on their skin - freckles, birthmarks, moles. Almost all such spots are normal, but some may be skin cancers. Key warning signs of melanoma are shown below. Be alert to irregularities in shape, edge, color, and size, the ABCDEs of melanoma: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variability, Diameter larger than a pencil eraser, and Evolving or change.
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