“Are you sure that that mole isn’t melanoma? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and one in 50 Americans will develop the life-threatening type of skin cancer, melanoma. While you can take steps to reduce the risk of skin cancer by avoiding excessive ultraviolet light exposure form the sun and tanning beds, early detection is critical to minimize the damage of skin cancer.
Most forms of skin cancer, even melanoma, are almost 100 percent curable if caught in the earliest stages of growth. That is why I routinely talk to patients about performing monthly self-skin exams. If a patient notices a growth that has been changing in size, shape, or color, I’ll want to see it right away to evaluate for cancerous changes.
So, how do you do a proper skin exam? Once a month, either getting into or out of the shower, spend a few minutes looking at your entire skin’s surface. A thorough skin exam does not have to take very long, but it require a long mirror and a hand-held mirror to really see everything.” Click here to read the full article.
Credit: Elizabeth Tanzi, Washingtonian.com