ABCs of Skin Cancer

Kelli Parker

This article, entitled "ABCs of Skin Cancer," comes from Kelli Parker, MomsEveryday correspondent from East Tennessee.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. Even more alarming, one person dies from melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every hour.

When caught early, skin cancer is treatable – that’s why it’s important to know what to look for. Think of your ABCs.

A is for Asymmetry – if one half of the mole doesn’t match the other half.

B is for Border irregularity – the edges are blurred or ragged.

C is for Color that varies throughout the mole.

D is for Diameter – many melanomas are greater than the size of a pencil eraser.

E is for Evolving – the mole has changed in some way.

Skin cancer is more common in people with fair skin – but everyone is at risk.

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