People rarely treat their skin with the love, care and respect that it deserves, despite being the largest organ of our body, as well as one of the most essential for our survival.
Our skin bears the brunt of all these problems: bruises, burns, blisters. And how do we repay it? By ignoring all of those signs and signal that it sends to us.
Moles, freckles, and birthmarks might not seem like a big deal, but they may signify some serious concerns, like melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
One person dies from melanoma every 57 minutes, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. And if you have had more than five sunburns in your life, the chances of developing melanoma double.
However, there are some ways of detecting the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. All you need to do is to learn your ABCs.
Are you going to give your skin a thorough check after reading this? Let us know in the comments below.
1. “A” is for “Asymmetry”
One normal, benign mole should be very symmetric. This means that if you drew a line across it, both sides would look pretty much exactly the same.
The bad kind of mole you are looking for are called Melanoma lesions, and they are typically irregular in shape. So, this means that an asymmetrical mole is one that should be checked out by a doctor.
2. “B” is for “Border”
Those moles which have smooth even borders are non – cancerous moles. Their outlines are usually clearly defined, and they form an obvious shape.
A melanoma lesion has notched, uneven, and blurred borders. They don’t have any clear shape. So, these kinds of moles could be cancerous and should be immediately examined.
3. “C” is for “Color”
Those moles which are harmless are usually a single shade of tan or brown. Their color is even and consistent throughout.
The melanoma lesions are usually identified by the presence of different colors and shades. Some uneven distribution of color can be the sign of a cancerous spot.
4. “D” is for “Diameter”
Benign moles are typically no bigger than the size of a pencil eraser, about 6 mm in diameter.
But, having a skin spot larger than this, it may signify a melanoma lesion. This should be examined by doctor.
5. “E” is for “Evolving”
If you notice that a mole or spot started changing shape, color or size, it may be a sign of melanoma lesion.
Knowing what is normal for you, may save your life, according to the Melanoma Research Foundation.
If you think that you have noticed some change in your skin, be sure to visit a dermatologist, so he would pay attention immediately.
But, what can we actually do in order to protect our skin and prevent cancer?
We may start by applying sunscreen every day, not just when we are at the beach or by the pool. You should also ensure that your sunscreen is at least 15 SPF, and that it protects against UVA and UVB rays, because both of them are very harmful for our skin.
We should also stay away from tanning beds, which expose users to direct UVA and UVB rays. They may also cause premature aging and may also lead to eye disease or maybe cancer as well.
We should also examine every inch of our body, not just those places which are obvious. Though melanoma most often occurs on sun-exposed skin, it can also appear on any other place. Remember to check your feet, toes, nail beds, and even your private areas.
At the end, the best way to prevent skin cancer is to schedule annual exams with a dermatologist. It is sure that co – pays may be expensive, but we cannot put price on our life. We should go to our doctor to examine us and any spots or moles we may have.
After reading this post, will you be paying more attention to your moles and spots? Let us know by leaving a comment below.