Spot melanoma in 3 easy ways
It's one of the nation's DEADLIEST cancers -- and unlike many other forms of the disease, this one is on the rise.
But you don't have to die of melanoma. This cancer is easy to spot, treat, cure, and beat.
So why does melanoma claim nearly 200 lives every single week? Because many people still don't know what to look for!
It's a lot harder than it seems -- and new research shows how the main warning sign most folks watch for isn't actually the biggest risk factor for melanoma.
And that means even if you keep careful watch on your skin, you could MISS the warning signs of this deadly disease!
If you know anything about watching for melanoma, you know about keeping an eye on your moles. Changes in moles, especially to their size and shape, are a key warning sign of skin cancer.
But the new study shows how most cases of melanoma don't spring from those existing moles.
The much bigger risk factor is a NEW mole that appears out of the blue!
More than 70 percent of melanoma cases are from new moles, according to the study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
You might think that makes your job even simpler: Just watch for new moles, right?
While that's true, it's far from simple. Many people don't spot new moles early, especially if they already have a few. Throw in some freckles and other common skin marks, and what's one new little dot mixed in among all the others?
But that's exactly what you need to look for, as the study finds these new moles are not only more likely to become melanoma... but also tend to be "thicker," which makes them more dangerous and tougher to treat.
You don't have to face any of those risks. I've got three simple steps that can help prevent melanoma.
First, keep watching those old moles since they still pose a risk. Second, study your skin, and take photos if having those images will help you.
Whether it's an old mole changing or a new one appearing, the key to spotting melanoma is as simple as "ABCDE":
- A means asymmetrical, when one side looks different from the other.
- B is for the border, which can be irregular instead of a circle.
- C is for the color, especially different or changing shades.
- D is the diameter, with bigger moles posing bigger risks.
- E is for evolution, or changes over time.
That leads me to Step 3. Don't wait until you spot a problem to visit a dermatologist.
Get checked out regularly -- especially if you're at risk for skin cancer, as a doctor can help spot a newer mole in time to get you treated.