The ABCDEs of Melanoma
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year and 1 in 10 will die from it. The following increase the risk for melanoma: bad sunburns at a young age, tanning outdoors or indoors, a weakened immune system from an autoimmune disorder or organ transplant and a family history of melanoma.
Early detection is key!
It’s so important to perform monthly self-exams and see a dermatologist at least once a year—or more if you fall into one of the high-risk groups. Here’s what to look for when checking a mole or lesion:
One-half looks different from the other
Poorly defined or irregular around the edges
More than one color or when the pigment spreads from the spot to surrounding skin
Bigger than 6 mm—about the size of a pencil eraser
Changes over time in size (gets bigger), shape, sensation (gets itchy, tender or painful), color (gets red), height (gets bumpy or lumpy), or surface (gets scaly or bleeds)
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