DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE: LEARN HOW TO SPOT SKIN CANCER
Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of skin exposed to sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk.
If you have skin cancer, it is important to know which type you have because it affects your treatment options and your prognosis.
Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet rays [UV]. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some may come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps. The good news is that you can do a lot to protect yourself and your family from UV rays as well as to catch skin cancer early so that it can be treated effectively.
When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. Many don’t know what to look for on their skin or when they should see a dermatologist.
For spotting skin cancer early, it’s recommended to follow ABCDE rule which outlines the warning signs of melanoma.
A: Is for asymmetry. One half of the mole does not match the other half.
B: Is for border irregularity. The edges are ragged, notched/ blurred.
C: Is for color that varies from one area to another.
D: Is in diameter. The spot is larger than 6mm, but melanomas can be smaller.
E: Is for evolving. A mole or skin lesion that looks different from rest or is changing in size, shape or color.
If you see anything on your skin that is changing, itching or bleeding you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.