21 Jul Skin Cancer: Know the A, B, C, D, E’s
There are ways to help identify possible skin cancer before it is too late. One such way is by knowing your A, B, C, D, E signs of melanoma and if you see any of these when evaluating your moles. If you do spot one of these signs it is important to see a dermatologist immediately.
A- Asymmetry – If you drew a line through the mole, the two sides do not match, meaning it is asymmetrical: a warning sign of melanoma
B- Border- The borders of melanoma tend to be uneven
C- Color – Moles having a variety of color is a warning sign
D- Diameter- Melanomas are usually the size of an eraser of your pencil (¼ inch)
E- Evolving- when a mole evolves, or changes in any way this is a warning sign for skin cancer
What Is Melanoma
Melanoma can be a deadly form of skin cancer. However, if detected early, before the tumor has penetrated the skin, it can be 99% curable. In advanced cases of melanoma, survival falls to 15%. Melanoma risk is increasing; recent studies show the risk of development of melanoma to be 1 in 62. With a history of 5 or more blistering sunburns, this risk increases to 1 in 31. Regular sunscreen use and sun-protective behavior along with regular skin checks by a qualified professional are important ways to reduce your risk of developing melanoma.
Check your moles regularly and if you can’t have a friend or spouse check them for you. Be sure to get examined by your dermatologist regularly for any unusual mole activity.