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.