By Dr. Linda J. Banta, M.D. , P.A.
May 06, 2014
Category: Dermatology Health
Tags: Skin Cancer
The month of May is dedicated to melanoma/skin cancer detection and prevention month. During the month of May we want to place an even stronger emphasis on detection and prevention of melanoma and skin cancer. As your dermatologist in San Antonio, it is important that we provide you with the information you need to further protect your skin from harm.
Do you know the ABC’s of skin cancer detection? To help you better understand detection and prevention, let’s take a look at the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.
Asymmetry: This occurs when one half of your mole does not match the other half. If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will clearly not match.
Border: The borders of early melanoma are typically uneven. The edges of your mole may be scalloped, blurred, ragged or notched.
Color: Another warning signal is having a mole that contains a variety of colors. This can include a number of different shades of brown, tan or black. Melanoma can also become red, blue or another color, so be on the lookout for a change in color.
Diameter: Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than the size of an eraser on a pencil. However, they can sometimes be smaller when first detected—growing as they progress.
Evolving: Any change in size, shape, color, elevation or another trait is a warning sign of melanoma or another stage of skin cancer. This can also be seen through new symptoms, such as bleeding, itching or crusting.
If you notice any of these ABC’s of skin cancer it is important to visit our dermatologist in San Antonio for further diagnosis, as well as prevention tips. Take charge of your skin this May and protect yourself from melanoma/skin cancer.