- With 3.5 million diagnosed cases in the US
- 2 million people diagnosed annually
- Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US.
- It is one of the most preventable cancers as well
- Asymmetry: One part of a mole or birthmark doesn’t match the other.
- Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
- Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
- Diameter: The spot is larger than ¼ inch across – about the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color
Other things to look for:
- New spots or moles
- Any spot that doesn’t look like others on your body
- Any sore that doesn’t heal
- Redness or new swelling beyond the border of the mole
- Itching, pain, or tenderness
- Oozing, scaliness, or bleeding
If you are experiencing any of these, talk to your pharmacist or reach out to your doctor to make an appointment. The earlier skin cancer is caught the better.
- Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen SPF 15 or higher every day. For outdoor activity, use a water-resistant sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.
Apply 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body:
30 minutes before going outside.
Reapply every 2 hours. immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Avoid UV tanning booths
- Cover up with hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas.
- Seek the shade, when the sun is strongest 10 AM – 4 PM.
- Examine your skin once a month and see your physician annually for a professional skin exam.