One of the most common forms of cancer in the US is skin cancer, with nearly 5 million people treated for it every year. There are more new cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year than instances of lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.
One in five Americans gets skin cancer at some point in their lives. But if you know the signs of skin cancer, you could save your or someone else’s life. Look for:
- Moles that contain multiple colors, like brown,blue, black and gray. Normal moles are in one color.
- Moles that change in size, shape, and colorthroughout life.
- Moles that are larger than a quarter inch in diameter.
- Moles that have uneven, interrupted or unequal borders.
- Moles that have irregular, asymmetric shapes. Normal moles are symmetric and round.
Of course, if you have any suspicions at all, go see a physician as soon as you can. Have it checked out, it might save your life.