How to Protect yourself from Melanoma
According to the American Cancer Society, over 76,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma annually. It is important to examine your skin monthly. This will help you recognize when something is not normal for your skin. It is also important to dress sun-smart. Wearing accessories such as a hat and sunglasses can help reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Despite these proactive measures, if is still possible to get skin cancer. Know these A-B-C-D-Es so you can recognize warning signs of melanoma. Please note that these signs do not mean you absolutely have melanoma. It is best to check with your doctor with any changes you notice.
Asymmetry – Both halves of a mole should look the same. If you notice one half does not match the other, it might be best to consult with your doctor.
Border – Borders should be smooth around healthy moles, not uneven, ragged, or scalloped.
Color – Healthy moles are likely one uniform color and all moles and marks on your body are usually a similar color. If you notice discoloring, its best to talk with your doctor.
Diameter – Normal moles are about the size of a pencil eraser. If you notice a mark on your skin that is large in size, it might be best to consult with your doctor.
Evolving – Watch for any changes in the appearance, color, shape, and size of your moles and skin marks over time. Talk with your doctor about any changes you notice.