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A skin check is meant to identify suspicious moles, growths, and other changes on your skin. The shape, size, border, color, and other characteristics of the suspicious growth can help your doctor diagnose an underlying medical condition.

Skin checks are the best way to find skin cancers early. And the sooner a skin cancer is identified, the easier it is to treat. It’s important that you do self-checks on a regular basis. Adults should also have regular skin exams done by their dermatologist.