How to Save Yourself from Skin Cancer
Detecting Skin Cancer
In the past 30 years, the incidence of basal cell carcinoma tripled in women under age 40; squamous cell carcinomas have quadrupled and melanoma has doubled. All are highly treatable if found early. Check your skin monthly.
What basal cell carcinoma looks like: Pink or red patch; or shiny pink, red, or white bump.
What squamous cell carcinoma looks like: A scaly pink or red patch or raised warty growth.
What melanoma looks like: Tan, brown, black, or multicolored patch, often with an irregular edge.
IS IT A MOLE OR MELANOMA?
Doctors use the following guidelines for diagnosis:
A - ASYMMETRY Half of mole does not match other half.
B - BORDER Edges are irregular or scalloped.
C - COLOR Entire mole is not the same color.
D - DIAMETER Mole is over 1/4 inch in diameter.
E - EVOLVING Look of mole changed over time.