According to The Cleveland Clinic, we should be checking our skin regularly for anything that may resemble skin cancer. Changes like a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal or a bleeding mole are all things to pay attention to. Additionally, they suggest we check moles, birthmarks and other parts of the skin for the “ABCDEs”:
A = asymmetry (one half of the growth looks different from the other half)?
B = borders that are irregular?
C = color changes or more than one color?
D = diameter greater than the size of a pencil eraser ?
E = evolving, meaning changes in size, shape, symptoms (itching, tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or shades of color.
Skin cancer isn’t usually painful so don’t wait for the area to hurt. If you have any of these signs, see your doctor immediately.
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