Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and is largely preventable. Wearing sunscreen daily along with proper reapplication can cut your melanoma risk in half. Melanoma can appear as a new mole or a changing mole and 65% of melanoma skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. One person dies every hour from melanoma and 1 in 5 people in the United States will get skin cancer in their lifetime. While skin cancer can affect anyone, those with a family or personal history of melanoma, childhood sunburns, and fair skin/light eyed skin types will be at increased risk for melanoma. Patients should be screened yearly by a board- certified dermatologist to detect and diagnose a variety of skin cancers.
The key factors to keep in mind when self-checking moles are:
If you notice changes, an irregular border, different colors, have a mole that is larger than a pencil eraser, or a mole where one side doesn’t match the other, you should have the area evaluated and potentially removed or biopsied.
PREVENT. PROTECT. GET CHECKED.