Nowadays, we have heard about the dangers of skin cancer. Even 20 years ago, society was still pretty much in denial about how dangerous sunbathing or tanning could be, but a lot of things have changed since then. After countless health campaigns, it’s common knowledge for everyone to always wear sunscreen (even in winter) and always check for suspicious spots.
If you see a mole or spot on your skin, our minds tend to jump to the worse possible option. And of course that is not always the case, but still a scary notion. So according to Higher Perspective:
“Skin cancer is a common form of cancer in the US, with nearly 5 million people treated for it every year. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer diagnosed than instances of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Knowing the signs of skin cancer is what could mean the difference between life and death.”
You shouldn’t hesitate to see a physician if you have a spot that’s troubling you on your skin. Even though it’s good to have an idea of what could be considered “troubling.”
One of the best ways to avoid skin disease is to check yourself regularly from head to toe. Keeping an eye on the state of your skin and if you see a spot make sure to watch if it changes.The chart below is the best at-home method. It’s called the ABCDE’s.
The chart below is the best at-home method. It’s called the ABCDE’s.
A – Asymmetry
A healthy mole should always be symmetrical.
B – Border
Moles with strong, even borders are genenerally harmless.
C – Color
Normal moles are usually bown to dark brown in color.
D – Diameter
Healthy moles are normally smaller than 6 mm.
E – Evolving
If you’re mole has always remained the same size and shape there should be nothing to worry about.
The concern is when the mole deviates from any of the above. If you notice that the mole has
- Strange in shape
- Uneven borders
- Multiple colors
- Larger than 6mm
Then it is best to get it checked out to make sure there is nothing sinister going on.
Never hesitate to bring any concerning spot to your doctor or dermatologist!