Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and is often thought of as minor. There are two types, basal and squamous cell carcinomas, which are easy to treat. Malignant melanoma however, is very difficult to treat and can cause cancer in other body parts. Prompt and early detection is imperative in treatment of skin cancers. Be sure to monitor your skin using the ABCDE system.
A: Asymmetry-one side of a mole doesn’t match the other, B: Border-edges are ragged, notched or blurred, C: Color-is not even through out or color merges into the surrounding skin, D: Diameter-any larger than a pencil eraser is of concern, E: Evolution-any change in size, surface, shape or color. Use sun screen daily and avoid any prolonged exposure, especially mid-day to help reduce your risk.