How to Save Yourself from Skin Cancer

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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.

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.

Continued on page 4:  I Can Get Sun Damage There?


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