Did you realize that skin cancer is almost always curable when it’s found and treated early?
A key to early detection is skin self-exams each month. That sounds simple enough, but do you know what you’re looking for? Improve your chances of detecting skin cancers by brushing up on some skin cancer facts.
While skin cancer can be found anywhere on the body, it most often develops on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. Skin cancer can appear as a:
The most lethal form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, usually begins in a mole. When examining moles, look for the “ABCDEs” of malignant melanoma:
Now that you know what to look for, here’s how to examine your skin:
If you notice anything questionable, see your doctor.
Regular professional skin exams are important, too. Based on your personal risk factors and family history, your doctor can help you decide how often you should be checked.
Ask your Rite Aid Pharmacist for more information on skin cancer and early detection.
“How Do I Check My Skin?” American Academy of Dermatology, www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer/understanding-skin-cancer/how-do-i-check-my-skin.
“What Should I Look For?” Skin Cancer Prevention and Early Detection, American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skincancerpreventionandearlydetection/skin-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-what-to-look-for.
Step-by-Step Self Examination.” Skin Cancer Foundation, www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/early-detection/step-by-step-self-examination.
“Understanding Skin Cancer.” American Academy of Dermatologists, www.aad.org/spot-skin-cancer/understanding-skin-cancer.
These articles are not a substitute for medical advice, and are not intended to treat or cure any disease. Advances in medicine may cause this information to become outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. Professional opinions and interpretations of scientific literature may vary. Consult your healthcare professional before making changes to your diet, exercise, or medication regime.