I know the pictures are unpleasant, but cancer is obviously exponentially more so.
After watching my dad suffer from melanoma twice, having parts of his shoulder and lung removed, I can testify this is no joke. And now to learn it’s becoming more prevalent in younger people makes it even scarier.
Examining your moles is an easy way you can quickly catch melanoma before it spreads.
According to Dr. Julie Pena, “When melanoma is found early, it is almost 100% curable.”
She says to watch out for the ABC’s of melanoma:
- A is for Asymmetry: Look for moles where the shape of one half is different from the other.
- B is for Border: Look for moles with irregular, scalloped, or jagged borders.
- C is for Color: Look for moles with multiple colors or variation in color-especially shades of black, brown, blue, red, or white.
- D is for Diameter: Melanomas are usually larger than 6 millimeters (the size of a pencil eraser) but they can be smaller too.
- E is for Evolution/Evolving: Moles that are undergoing ANY kind of change, especially as outlined above, need to be evaluated by a medical professional.
You should also have your dermatologist or doctor check each one every six months (for the questionable ones) or yearly. MD Anderson in Houston has a whole staff in the Prevention building that serve as your general practitioner and focus on intercepting cancer before it spreads. If you’re not in Houston, check with the oncology department of hospitals near you to see if they recommend doctors locally.
CLICK HERE for more of my notes on cancer and prevention. Needless to say, WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY!!! And don’t forget the tops of your hands, they get so much exposure while you’re driving.
Try out Dr. Pena’s line of sunscreen, Likewise Skincare, that has a formula for each skin type so you won’t clog your pores.