Friday, June 5, 2009
The ABC's of Skin Cancer
Things are heating up here in the northern hemisphere, so I wanted to remind everyone to take a moment and check over your skin and that of your loved ones. It could save a life!
When you are examining a mole, remember your ABC's:
A - asymmetry. If you divided the mole in half, does each side look different?
B - border. Does the mole have a ragged or irregular border?
C - color. Is the mole one color in one spot and a different color someplace else?
D - diameter. Is the mole larger than the end of a pencil eraser?
E - evolving. Is the mole changing over time?
And I would add this letter to the mix:
F - funky. Is the mole unusual-looking?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, it's better to be safe than sorry and have the mole checked out by a dermatologist. Stay safe this summer and remember to use your sun-block! The American Academy of Dermatology reminds us to Play Sun Smart(SM).
Photo credit: C. E. Price, through BurningWell.org