Spotting skin cancer can be as easy as ABC

May 08, 2018, 03:25
Spotting skin cancer can be as easy as ABC

Although lighter skin puts you at increased risk of skin cancer, all persons should be carefully watching for new moles or moles that change.

"What's important to know is that it's one of the most preventable types of cancer", she said, noting that there were 270 new documented cases of melanoma in Nova Scotia in 2017. Dr. Cannon is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Just ask Cynthia Breslin of Sarasota.

"I just had a lot of burns as a kid", she said. "Now I'm suffering for it".

"My mother thought sunscreen was baby oil and iodine".

Now, she' s paying for it. "And we've been able to over the course of the years to scan well over a thousand people and have probably found a couple dozen melanomas in that time and dozens more other skin cancers", says Dr. Brandon Miner. It kills more than 10,000 people every year. "It may resemble an acne bump or a pimple", said Dr. Adam Mattox, a dermatologist with University of Minnesota Health.

"That's the goal", Sax says. It's now one of the most common cancers in young adults, especially young women.

Williams said even if you tan easily, you can still get melanoma.

A is asymmetry: cancerous lesions look different side to side.

B is for Border: The spot has an irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.

C is for Color that varies from one area to another. You don't want moles that are black, white, blue, or pink.

D is for diameter.

E is evolution; a change in a mole over a period or weeks or months is a warning sign.

Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and re-apply every two hours.