Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, affecting millions of people worldwide each year. Skin cancer can be deadly, but in most cases, when detected early it can be treated successfully. Performing a head to toe skin self examination is an important preventative measure used to identify skin cancer before it becomes life-threatening. A skin self exam only takes about ten minutes to complete and should be performed once a month. Asking a family member or close friend to help you perform your skin exam will help you identify suspicious patches of skin in areas that are hard to reach or see. In addition to monthly self exams, it is recommended that you see your physician once a year for a professional skin exam. This animation will explain how to perform a skin self exam, how to detect possible signs of skin cancer, and how to record your findings to report them to your physician.