Tuesday, May 08, 2012

It's melanoma season

The beach, the pool—melanoma is the bad skin cancer and is now the most common cancer among young people 25-29.

You should check yourself for weird stuff. According to Julie Pena, MD, founder and president of Likewise Skincare in Nashville, try to remember the letters ABCDE.

A is for asymmetry—one half of the thing different from the other.
B is for border—irregular, scalloped or jagged.
C is for color—multicolored moles—brown, black, blue, red or white.
D is for diameter—size of pencil eraser (but could be smaller).
E is for evolving—changing.

If a spot looks different than your other spots, ask the doc.

Dermies still recommend the full body exam from a doc, too.

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