We have to treat our skin with love and care that it deserves because it is the largest body organ and the most vital for our survival.
We must not ignore the signs and signals that our skin sends us!
Moles, freckles and birthmarks could indicate grave concerns, including the most dangerous form of skin cancer, like melanoma.
However, there are ways to detect the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. All you have to do is learn your ABCs!
Symptoms and Signs of Skin Cancer:
“A” is for “Asymmetry”
Normal, benign moles should be very symmetrical. Both sides of the mole should look exactly the same.
“B” is for “Border”
Moles that are not cancerous have smooth and even borders. They have clearly defined outlines and a clear shape.
“C” is for “Color”
The harmless moles normally have a single shade of tan or brown. The color of these moles is equal and constant throughout.
“D” is for “Diameter”
Benign moles usually have the size of a pencil eraser, or 6mm in diameter.
“E” is for “Evolving”
If you’ve noticed that a mole or spot has changed shape, color, or size, it could be the sign of a melanoma lesion.
Asymmetrical moles should be checked out by a doctor. Melanoma lesions are the bad kind of moles and normally are irregular in shape. This kind of mole has irregular, uneven and blurred border lines. Their shape is not clear. They could be cancerous and that is why you have to consult a doctor.
Melanoma lesions are recognizable by their many colors and shades. Their color can be a sign of cancerous spot. If your skin spot is larger than 6mm, it may be a melanoma lesion.
Also, if you become aware of a shape, color, or size change of a mole or spot, it can be a sign of a melanoma lesion.
Knowing what is normal for your skin can save your life. So, if you notice a change in your skin, visit your dermatologist immediately.
How can you protect your skin and prevent cancer?
It is important to apply sunscreen each day, not only when by the pool or beach. Your sunscreen needs to be at least 15 SPF, and protect against UVA and UVB rays, since they can be very damaging to the skin.
Additionally, avoid tanning beds, which expose you to direct UVA and UVB rays. Also, these rays trigger early aging and can cause eye disease or cancer.
Melanoma can occur most regularly on skin that is exposed to the sun, but also it can appear anywhere. So, make sure to examine every part or your body, including feet, toes, nail beds, and even the private areas.
Moreover, annual exams with a dermatologist are the best way to prevent skin cancer.