Do you know your ABCDEs of melanoma? These simple cues can help you find signs of this serious form of cancer before it spreads.
These simple cues can help you find signs of this
serious form of cancer before it spreads.
- Asymmetry – One half of a mole doesn’t match the other half
- Border – Border or edge of a mole is ragged, blurred or irregular
- Color – Color of a mole is not the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, red, white or blue
- Diameter – Diameter of a mole is larger than 6 mm, about the size of a pencil eraser
- Evolving – Evolving size, shape or color of a mole
Get it checked
If you find a spot that concerns you, talk with your primary care provider or dermatologist. He or she can help you identify suspicious lesions. You also can schedule a skin screening at Goshen Center for Cancer Care. We examine your skin to check for signs of pre-cancerous or cancerous growths. If we see something suspicious, we can take a sample biopsy.
Take melanoma seriously
Only one percent of all skin cancers are melanoma. However, this single form accounts
for 80 percent of all skin cancer deaths. One out every 10 people diagnosed with the disease will die from it.
Contrast those numbers with over 2 million people diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer – either basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. And it’s one of the most preventable cancers.
Know the signs – and check regularly
It’s critically important to catch melanoma before it spreads. The deeper the melanoma, the greater the chance it has spread to the lymph nodes or further. Like all cancers, early detection makes a difference in treatment options and outcomes.
The next time you’re are in front of a mirror, give yourself a good look as you say your ABCDEs. Include ears, scalp, backs of legs, even between your fingers and toes. If you see anything suspicious, schedule a skin check at Goshen Center for Cancer Care.
For more information, contact Goshen Center for Cancer Care, (574) 364-2962.