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The ABCDE's of Melanoma

When it comes to melanoma, the world's most serious type of skin cancer, early detection is imperative. It can be cured if found and treated early.

Here are the types of skin markings on the body to look for in an easy way to remember we call, the ABCDE's of Melanoma. 

A- Asymmetrical Shape: Melanoma lesions are often irregular, or not symmetrical, in shape. Benign moles are usually symmetrical.

B- Border: Typically, non-cancerous moles have smooth, even borders. Melanoma lesions usually have irregular borders that are difficult to define.

C- Color: The presence of more than one color (blue, black, brown, tan, etc.) or the uneven distribution of color can sometimes be a warning sign of melanoma. Benign moles are usually a single shade of brown or tan.

D- Diameter: Melanoma lesions are often greater than 6 millimeters in diameter (approximately the size of a pencil eraser).

E- Evolution: The evolution of your mole(s) has become the most important factor to consider when it comes to diagnosing a melanoma. Knowing what is normal for you could save your life. If a mole has gone through recent changes in color and/or size, bring it to the attention of a dermatologist immediately.

Credit: Sunburn Alert Instagram

Credit: Sunburn Alert Instagram

If you see one or more of these markings on your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist immediately. Catching melanoma early can make the difference between life and death. See your dermatologist regularly for skin screenings. 

Please note: Not all melanomas fall within the ABCDE parameters so visit your dermatologist regularly to catch any potential issues early.

5 Things To Know This Morning

5 Skin Facts Everyone Should Know

We hope you learn something new today because everyone should know these skin facts. Don't forget to protect your skin and reapply!

1. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer worldwide.

2. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

3. SPF 30 is perfectly fine

...According to the American Academy of Dermatology. This will shield you from 95% of UV light. Don't forget to reapply!

4. Nearly 53% of skin cancers in the US occur on the left

...or aka the side you drive on. It is very important to wear sunscreen while you drive.

5. Using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma.


1. Skin Cancer Foundation
2. Robinson, JK. Sun exposure, sun protection, and vitamin D. JAMA 2005; 294:1541-43
4. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology via Skin Cancer Foundation
5. American Academy of Dermatology

5 ‪Skin Tips‬ for Taking Care of Your Skin in 2016

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.

Follow these five skin tips to stay sun safe year round:

1. Wear a hydrating sunscreen every day.


2. Avoid UV tanning beds.


3. Examine your skin from head-to-toe.


4. Schedule an annual skin exam.


5. Don’t forget to reapply.



10 Ways to Protect Your Skin

Protecting your skin year round is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. By doing so, you will help prevent skin problems such as melanoma and brown spots and delay the natural aging process.

These ten skin tips will keep your skin glowing for years to come:

  1. Wear sunscreen every day.
  2. Avoid tanning beds.
  3. Seek shade when possible.
  4. Reapply sunscreen.
  5. Wear protective clothing.
  6. Schedule an annual skin check.
  7. Drink plenty of water.
  8. Always have sunscreen in your car.
  9. Wear a hat and sunglasses.
  10. Watch those clouds.

 

Which skin tips do you practice on a daily basis? Share below!