- Know your skin. Be aware of your normal pattern of moles, freckles, and blemishes, and other marks on your skin so that you’ll notice any changes next time.
- Do a skin check. A skin self-exam is best done in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror. You can use a hand-held mirror to look at areas that are hard to see, such as the backs of your thighs. Use this handy infographic to help you remember key areas to check.
- Check regularly. Check your skin, preferably at least once a month. This can help you find many skin cancers early, when they are easier to treat.
- Enlist a loved one. A spouse or close friend or family member may be able to help you with these exams, especially for those hard-to-see areas like your back or scalp.
- Be thorough. Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to examine your skin and what to look for from the American Cancer Society.
Coverage through U-M health plans include:
Recommended skin cancer screenings are covered under all U-M health plans, with no out-of-pocket cost when performed as part of a preventive care visit. While not recommended for all adults, screenings may be needed if you have had skin cancer in the past, are at high risk of developing skin cancer or have changes to your skin that might be a sign of skin cancer. If you have concerns about your skin, talk to your doctor.