MAY is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

MAY is Skin Cancer Awareness Month


Did you know that Skin Cancer is the most common & most preventable type of cancer there is?  And the best way to find skin cancer early is to keep an eye on your skin, especially moles, lumps, bumps & rashes that don’t clear up.  Over half of the skin cancers occur in areas on the body that are easily in view.  My entire family goes to the Dermatologist once (or twice) a year for whole body skin checks.

I’m a firm believer that if you weren’t born with it, get it removed Even if the doctor says it’s nothing to worry about, we still get it removed.  Alan always got “benign” bumps and moles removed.  I even remember one time specifically when Alan actually told the Dermatologist that his wife would divorce him if he came home with a certain mole on is arm… a little dramatic I know, but the doctor then removed it.  😉  The heartbreaking exception: the large “lipoma” on his arm because he was told major surgery would be required to remove it and several doctors year after year advised us to just leave it alone.

Bottom Line:  Be Proactive.  Be Smart.  And Get it Removed!  After all, benign things can change and morph into something dangerous.

Rewind back to skin cancer Know your body.  Watch for the signs & remember the ABCs for funky moles…

A for asymmetry: A mole that, when divided in half, doesn’t look the same on both sides.

B for border: A mole with edges that are blurry or jagged.

C for color: Changes in the color of a mole, including darkening, spread of color, loss of color, or the appearance of multiple colors such as blue, red, white, pink, purple or gray.

D for diameter: A mole larger than 1/4 inch in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser).

E for elevation: A mole that is raised above the skin and has an uneven surface.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation also has loads of GREAT information & advice on the best ways to prevent skin cancer.  Check out this video on YouTube on the 5 Steps to Protect Your Skin from the Sun.

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