May 3, 2021

Interviewer: Skin cancer is the most common and preventable type of cancer. You could actually have skin cancer and not even know it. Dr. Glen Bowen from Huntsman Cancer Institute, what are the signs I should look for?

Dr. Bowen: Three signs. The first would be a sore that doesn't heal after about a month. The second would be an ugly duckling mole, a mole that doesn't look like the other moles on the skin. Lastly, if your family tree is riddled with skin cancer, you need to go have a baseline skin exam by a dermatologist.

Interviewer: So you're saying I should probably get in the habit of checking my skin for these signs.

Dr. Bowen: I'd recommend that you look at all of your skin surface once a month, including the bottoms of the feet and the back. So a lot of skin cancer occurs on the back. Kind of hard to see in a mirror so you either need two mirrors or you need a partner that will help you and look at your back. If you do that, you can really keep yourself out of trouble.

updated: May 3, 2021
originally published: May 9, 2019

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