"I'll Pass on the Full Body Exam, But Let Me Show You Something" And by "something," patients usually mean 10 different suspicious spots on their body, says Engelman. Often, patients don't want to do a full body check because they're embarrassed to undress or don't have time, but a single spot check is not even effective for the one funny-looking mole you're pointing out, Engelman stresses. "I need to be able to assess every mole and take into consideration the kind of moles a body produces." She says that a single mole might look normal at first glance, but if it looks nothing like the other moles on your body, it might be a problem.
Plus, unless you're a seriously bendy gymnast, you simply can't see areas of your body like the upper back or the backs of the knees -- and even if you are, you might not recognize what you see as dangerous. "The cancerous moles are never the ones patients point out to me," says Jaliman. "It's always something they didn't think looked bad, or couldn't see."
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