Since summer months are time for fun under the sun, make sure to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your family. Skin cancer is not that bad when caught at an early stage so have your Doctor check for signs of skin cancer. Wear 50 SPF or more before going outside.
Skin cancer facts:
More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are found on parts of the body that get the most sun: face, neck,ears, hands, and arms.
Those who have had severe or many sunburns are at higher risk.
Skin Cancer Detection:ABCDE
Asymmetry: One half doesn't match the other half.
Border Irregularity: The edges of a mole or growth are ragged, notched, or blurred.
Color: The pigmentation of a mole is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present.
Diameter: The mole or skin growth is larger than 6mm (0.2 in), or about the size of a pencil eraser. Any growth of a mole should be of concern.
Evolution: There is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or color of a mole.
Adapted from Kinross Gold USA