May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness month! We wanted to take the time today to discuss how to check your skin for Skin Cancer at home. Anyone of us, regardless of skin color, can get skin cancer…..which is why early detection is the key! Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer is treatable if detected early.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70 and having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma. (skincancer.org)
The guide on what to look for is summarized by the ABCDE’s
A – Asymmetry – one half is unlike the other half
B – Border – irregular shape and poorly defined border
C – Color varies from one area to another
D – Diameter – greater than the size of a pencil eraser
E – Evolving – looks different from the others and changes in shape, color.
Where to look on your body:
- Exam body front and back in a mirror, then right and left sides
- Examine back of neck and scalp with a mirror
- Look at forearms, back of arms and palms
- Check back of legs and buttocks
- Look at the backs of legs, feet and spaces between toes
Here’s an easy guide to remind you at home!
If you find any suspicious spots on your skin, or any spots that are itching or bleeding make an appointment to see a dermatologist or call us at 910-256-4350!