Experts say regular self-check is essential for prevention, as one in five Americans develops this disease and, statistically, one person dies of melanoma every hour
“As a mom, I understand how easily parents’ health can take a back seat to the needs of the family. However, it’s important to value your own health and well-being as well as your children’s. Take a few minutes even if it’s right after you shower or while you’re putting on your pajamas in the evening to check your skin regularly for the signs of skin cancer. It could save your life”, Dr. Doris Day, clinical associate professor of dermatology at the NYU School of Medicine/Langone Medical Center in New York City advises.
Dermatologists encourage parents to check their children’s skin, as well as their own, in search of skin cancer signs. This type of cancer can affect anyone, young or adult, but sometimes adults neglect their own assessment.
Detecting early signs is highly important, as skin cancer can be treated in incipient stages. Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, can be screened by following the simple “ABCDEs” rule:
A (Asymmetry): Check to see if the mole has symmetrical sides
B (Border irregularity): Uneven mole edges
C (Color): Different colors in different areas of he mole
D (Diameter): Suspicious skin lesions are larger than 6mm in diameter
E (Evolving): If a mole changes size, shape or color it’s time to visit a certified dermatologist
Itching, bleeding or any kind of change in skin moles should determine patients to make a doctor’s appointment. Routine check-ups can help in early cancer detection and also save your life.