No matter how uncomfortable you are with your pooch or how much you hate your love handles, you should get naked at least once a month. Whether you do it while boogying in the buff to your favorite tunes is up to you. What’s important is that you do a full-body inspection regularly to check for any changes in moles and dark spots on your skin.
Are you a little intimidated by going nude? Sing the ABCs while you do it. When you’re wondering if a mole is normal, make a note of its:
• Asymmetry: If the two halves of a mole don’t match, it might be an indication that it’s abnormal.
• Border: The edges of a mole should be smooth, not ragged or uneven.
• Color: Normal moles tend to be a solid color. An abnormal mole may have patches of light and dark or different colors within it.
• Diameter: Moles that are larger than a pencil eraser should be checked by a dermatologist.
• Evolving: A mole that changes over time may be atypical.
Women often get melanomas on their lower legs. Don’t forget to check that area, as well as your ankles and the soles of your feet. You should also make sure to check beneath your bra strap and under any flaps or folds of skin. A full-length mirror will help you make sure that you don’t miss a spot. If you’re really feeling courageous, ask your partner to help you check yourself.
Celebrate World Cancer Day naked this year!