SPONSORED: For Early Detection of Skin Cancer, Know the ABCDEs

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a great reminder that now is a good time to talk about the most diagnosed, yet one of the most preventable, forms of cancer. Despite the growing awareness, skin cancer remains a major concern, with melanoma being its deadliest form. However, melanoma is highly treatable when caught early.

That’s why the team at Franks Dermatology wants you to know the ABCDEs of melanoma, which can be a lifesaver while giving you peace of mind. You’ll be able to spot the signs of melanoma early on, making a significant difference in outcomes.

Asymmetry: One of the first things to look for in a mole or birthmark is asymmetry. If you draw a line through the middle of the lesion, the two halves should mirror each other. If they don’t, and one half looks significantly different from the other, it’s time to consult your dermatologist. Asymmetry is often an early sign of melanoma and should not be overlooked.

Border: A benign mole has smooth, even borders. Contrastingly, melanoma typically has uneven borders that may appear scalloped, notched or blurred. That’s your sign there could be a potential problem. Keep an eye on moles that look like this, especially if the edges seem to spread into the surrounding skin.

Color: Variation in color is a hallmark of melanoma. Look out for moles that contain several colors or have an uneven distribution of color. Shades of brown, black, tan, red, white or blue can appear within the same lesion. A mole that changes color over time or develops new shades is also concerning.

Diameter: While melanomas are typically larger than a pencil eraser (about 6 mm across), they can be smaller when first detected. Don’t ignore a suspicious new mole just because it’s small. Early detection and treatment are crucial, even for moles that do not meet the traditional size guideline.

Evolving: Any change in a mole’s size, shape, color or elevation is a warning sign. Additionally, new symptoms such as bleeding, itching or crusting should prompt a visit to the dermatologist. Evolution in a mole’s appearance or sensation can be a critical indicator of melanoma.

This Skin Cancer Awareness Month, take a moment to examine your skin. Remember, skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color, age or gender. Regular self-examinations and scheduling an annual skin screening can help you catch skin cancer early, making treatment easy.

If you have concerns, scheduling an appointment at Franks Dermatology or another dermatology clinic will help in early detection.

Whether you’re at the beach, walking along the River Trail or spending time in your garden, remember to use sunscreen and protective clothing. Skin health is not seasonal — it’s a lifelong commitment. Let’s prioritize early detection and prevention so your skin stays healthy.

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