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ABCDEs of Melanoma

ABCDEs


What You Need to Know about Skin Cancer

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Preventing Skin Cancer

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.

  • Do not burn.

  • Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day.

  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours.

  • Cover up with clothing, including a broadbrimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.

  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.

  • Examine your skin from head to toe once every month.

  • See your doctor every year for a professional skin cancer exam.

  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning salons.


Self-Examination for Melanoma

Practice Frequent Self-Examinations.
Remember! Prompt surgical excision of an early melanoma offers an excellent chance of a cure. If you have any doubt about a mole, call our office.  Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Dermatology

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Examine your body front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.
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Bend elbows and look carefully at forearms, upper underarms and palms.
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Look at the backs of your legs and feet, the spaces between your toes, and the soles of your feet.
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Examine the back of your neck and scalp with a hand mirror. Part hair for a closer look.
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Finally, check your back and buttocks with a hand mirror.