6 Spots Your Doc Should Check for Skin Cancer

PHOTO: Belly buttons and other easy-to-miss spots should be checked for skin cancer.
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Just because your arms, face, and body have checked out for skin cancer doesn't mean the rest of you is safe.

Make sure these 6 spots are examined before you're out the door of your doctor's office.

Spots to Check for Skin Cancer

Belly button

Yes, skin cancer can hide here.

Spots to Check for Skin Cancer

Pubic area

All our experts have diagnosed skin cancer on the genitals.

Can You Spot the Skin Cancer?

Spots to Check for Skin Cancer


Ponytail wearers and women with short hair can get a lot of sun back there (but may neglect to SPF the area).

Spots to Check for Skin Cancer

Ears and lips

Cancer can be more aggressive in these areas than most others.

Spots to Check for Skin Cancer

The palms of your hands

One form of melanoma, ALM, typically strikes here, as well as on nail beds and the soles of feet.

Spots to Check for Skin Cancer


They're the No. 1 place for Caucasian women to get melanoma. (Curse you, short-shorts.)

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

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