Protect the skin you're in
Know your skin cancer ABC's - what to look for
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.
Use broad spectrum sunscreen of 30+ on sunny days or when the UV level is high to protect your skin. Reapply every two hours.
Having a sun hat on when it is sunny out can help protect your head and face from the sun's harmful rays.
Getting regular skin checks by a dermatologist for any signs of skin cancer is good.
- Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, and if left untreated can spread to lymph nodes and vital organs
- Skin cancer is easily treated in its early stages. Most skin cancers are basal or squamous cell types which spread slowly and are very treatable.
- Prevention is key - avoid prolonged sun exposure and especially tanning beds, wear hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.