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save your life

It takes a lot for The Wolverine to beg, but Hugh Jackman’s doing just that.

The 45-year-old actor revealed on his Instagram account Thursday that he had to have another spot of skin cancer removed. So he is pleading with his fans to “PLEASE! PLEASE!” put on sunblock to help avoid the disease.

HUGH JACKMAN
Actor
THE
A, B, C, D, E'S
OF SKIN
CANCER

What to Look For:

ASYMMETRY

each half of the mark looks different.

Skin A

BORDER
IRREGULARITY

uneven or wavy border, characteristic of melanoma, the most serious skin cancer.

Skin B

COLOR
VARIATION

from one area to another; shades of tan and brown, black and sometimes even white, red and blue.

Skin C

DIAMETER

as a rule, larger than the size of a pencil eraser head (about 1/4”).

Diameter

ELEVATION

does the mark feel raised from your skin?

Skin cancer, especially melanoma, can look quite different from the photographs shown on this page. It's important to check with your doctor as soon as possible, if you find anything unusual.

This is what

NORMAL MOLES

look like

Mole

Normal moles are symmetrical, have smooth and even borders, are uniform in color and usually small and round.


HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT
SKIN CANCER

Your Self chec Keeping Healthy Guide

The cure rate for skin cancer could be 100 percent if all skin cancers were brought to a doctor’s attention early enough.

You are your skin’s best friend. Checking it monthly makes you more familiar with what “normal” looks like, allowing you to notice any changes that may take place. Remember, changes on your skin are not sure signs of cancer; however, it is important to see a doctor if a mark changes or something doesn’t look right to you.

Quick tip: Eliminate prolonged exposure to the sun and examine your body regularly for any new growths or changes on your skin. Don’t use tanning beds, they can be deadly.

View the video below and/or print the Self chec How-to-Guide. Become more proactive and empower yourself towards a healthier life.
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Your Skin VIDEO how-to-guide

 

Your PRINT how-to-guide

For a thorough self-check you’ll need both a full-length and a hand-held mirror. You’ll also need to be in a room with very good lighting. It is probably best to do this before or after a shower or bath.

Standing Front

Standing Back1) Look in the mirror, check your face (including your eyelids and inside of mouth).

 

2) While parting your hair with your fingers, hairdryer or hair brush, look into the full-length mirror and use the hand mirror to check your scalp.

 

3) Continue by checking front and back of the following areas (note: with back to mirror, use hand mirror to inspect the back of these areas) ears, neck and shoulders, upper arms, underarms, elbows, lower arms, chest, genitals, upper legs and back. MEN: the back is the most common site of melanomas in males — you may need someone to help you here. WOMEN: don’t forget to check under your breasts.

 

4) Sitting down, check your hands, including under your nails, lower legs and feet, including soles, heels, between toes and toenails. Continue to use both mirrors to check all areas of your buttocks and genitals.

 

Seated

If you find something suspicious CLICK HERE

This Skin self-check is not a substitute for seeing your doctor yearly. To be effective, skin cancer early detection must combine 1) Monthly Skin checks and 2) Regular Clinical Exams.

 

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IMPORTANT: The information on the cancer pages of this site was culled by the director of Self chec and initially reviewed by the folks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the newest information from the national cancer advisory organizations, including, but not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Cancer Society. We recognize that the national cancer advisory organizations sometimes do not agree about specific cancer guidelines, often making it confusing to the public about what to do. That is why we are asking you to err on the side of caution by always consulting a healthcare professional to advise you in the healthy choices you will make. Thank you.

 

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