With Summer fast approaching, it’s important to take care of our skin and check for any abnormalities in moles or suspicious markings. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. They usually form on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms (“Skin Cancer | Basal Cell Carcinoma” 2019).
Anyone can get skin cancer, but it is more common in people who
- Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned
- Have light-colored skin, hair and eyes
- Have a family member with skin cancer
- Are over age 50
The ABCDE rule can help you remember what to look for when you’re checking moles on your skin. If you notice any of these signs, talk to your doctor right away (“Skin Cancer” 2017).
A for asymmetry – Mole is not symmetrical. This means it’s not the same on both sides. If it was folded in half, the two halves wouldn’t match.
B for border –Edges of the mole are blurry or jagged.
C for color – Changes in the color of a mole. This could be darkening, loss of color, spreading color, or multiple colors.
D for diameter – A mole more than ¼ inch in diameter.
E for evolving – Mole looks different from others or is changing in shape, size, or color.
Other signs of cancer could include:
- a mole that itches or bleeds
- a fast-growing mole
- a scaly or crusted growth on the skin
- a sore that won’t heal
- a patch of skin that has changed color
To read and learn more about skin cancer, click here.
“Skin Cancer | Basal Cell Carcinoma.” MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 22 May 2019, medlineplus.gov/skincancer.html#cat_69.
Staff, Familydoctor.org Editorial. “Skin Cancer.” Familydoctor.org, 26 July 2017, familydoctor.org/condition/skin-cancer/?adfree=true.
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