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Skin Cancer Awareness Month: The ABCDE’s to Skin Examinations for Melanoma

May is the official month for Skin Cancer (Melanoma) awareness. With more than 1 million skin cancers being diagnosed annually in the United States, generic cialis seek it is important to wear sunscreen everyday and reapply often especially during the sun’s peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm. Because having five or more sunburns can double a person’s risk for skin cancer, discount viagra pills prevention is the first line of defense.

ABCDEs to at home skin checks

Along with sun protection, a quick-self-check including scalp and backside (using a mirror hels make it easier to see these areas) can also be another way to protect yourself against skin cancer.

While examining your skin, keep these ABCDE’s in mind as you look for changes according to the Skin Cancer Foundation you should look for in moles, brown spots and growths to detect possible skin cancers:

  • Asymmetry: If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match.
  • Border: The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.
  • Color: Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or some other color.
  • Diameter: Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil (1/4 inch or 6 mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.
  • Evolving: Any change – in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting – points to danger.

If you discover any of these signs of abnormality, seek medical attention. Remember, an ounce of prevention can often be life saving!

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