Definition  

skin self examA skin self-exam (SSE) is an examination of your skin that you do for yourself . It is a way for you to notice any changes or abnormalities in your skin. It is a good way to spot skin cancer early.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that you do an SSE every month. You should also have a clinical cancer-related checkup with your doctor during your periodic health exams.

Steps for a Skin Self-Exam  

The best time to do a SSE is after a shower or bath. Make sure the room is brightly lit. If you need to, ask a friend or partner to help you with areas that are hard to see.