Changes In Your Moles That Could Be Early Warning Signs Of Skin Cancer

Most people have moles, but experts say that we should take precautions to avoid serious disease by making sure they don’t change shape or size.

The death rates of melanoma (a type of cancer, which can spread to the organs) are alarming. Every 54 minutes somebody dies due to this disease. Being aware of our moles and learning to recognize the warning signs could save our life.
1. Why moles can be dangerous?

Most birthmarks are completely harmless, but some can develop melanoma, an aggressive form of cancer. 86% of melanoma cases are caused by solar UV radiation, and that figure has been constantly increasing since the 90s. If detected in time, there is an 80–90% chance of survival.

2. How do I know if I have skin cancer?

The first sign of melanoma is a change in the moles or the appearance of a new one.

3. What should I pay attention to?

You must always be alert to any change in your moles:

1. Asymmetry: Is one part of the mole different to the rest?

2. Edges: Has the edge changed from a smooth to a rough texture?

3. Color: Has the mole become darker or red?

4. Diameter: Has the mole grown? Birthmarks with melanoma tend to be bigger than the head of a pencil, approximately 6 mm.

A tip is to take a photo of the mole you believe to be changing, then take another photo after waiting a while in order to compare the two.

4. Should I perform a mole check even though there are no signs of change?

We should all perform a check of the skin, especially when we have several moles. It should also be done if you have a family history of cancer, or if you’re frequently exposed to the sun.

5. If I’ve previously had melanoma, am I at risk of getting the disease again?

Any person can develop this disease, but if you’ve been diagnosed with it before, your risk is higher. Patients who have won the battle against melanoma should get checked frequently.

6. How can I reduce the risk of developing melanoma in the future?

The simplest way is by using sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

Any person who spends significant time under the sun’s rays must make sure to protect their skin with clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat.

Now you know, it’s best to anticipate it and take the necessary steps to prevent getting a disease which could end your life. Always use sunscreen!

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