A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that you’re more likely to follow a regular skin exam routine if your husband helps you with a self-examination than if you go solo. This boosts the odds of finding skin cancer early.
What you should do: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends having your partner check your skin for suspicious moles to help you note any changes month to month. He is also in a better position to examine hard-to-see places like the scalp and backside and can give you a nudge to get any unusual moles checked out. If melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is detected before it spreads to lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.