May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer. In the U.S. alone, more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in more than 2 million people each year.
Don’t forget the ABCDEs of early detection:
A=Asymmetry: Is the lesion asymmetric with one side different from the other?
B=Border: Is the border of the lesion very irregular?
C=Color: Are there different colors within the lesion?
D=Diameter: Is the lesion growing larger (greater than 6mm)?
E=Evolution: Is the lesion changing or growing larger?
If you discover a worrisome spot, consult a medical professional.
Skin cancer is often related to sun exposure. It tends to occur on areas exposed to the sun, particularly the face, arms, upper chest, back and lower legs. It is important to know that skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, even on the soles of the feet or between the toes.
A skin growth that is new, painful, non-healing or changing is a cause for suspicion. So is a spot that itches, erodes, bleeds or scabs.