Who should check for skin cancer symptoms?
Everyone should get familiar with the beauty marks and moles on their body but individuals of Irish, Scottish, English, and Nordic descent are usually fairer, and thus more at risk for skin cancer, according to Brian Hinds, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at UC San Diego Health. It’s even more important if you have a family history of melanoma or more than 50 moles on your body, says Anna Di Nardo, MD, PhD, an associate professor dermatology at UC San Diego Health, adding you should see a dermatologist at least once a year. But if you are someone who spends loads of time in the sun, it’s smart to get checked by a doctor no matter what type of skin you have. Ready to start? When it comes to skin cancer symptoms think ABCDE: Asymmetry, uneven Border, Color variation, large Diameter, and Evolving. Also, make sure you know the skin cancer myths you need to stop believing.
What to look for: Asymmetrical moles
Courtesy The American Academy of Dermatology
The first thing to look out for when looking for skin cancer symptoms is asymmetry, Dr. Hinds says. If you were to fold this melanoma in half, it wouldn’t match. Don’t miss these surprising places you didn’t know you could get skin cancer.