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Melanoma Education / Prevention

Respect The SpotTM

To ensure you and your loved ones reduce the risk of developing melanoma, take the simple steps to protect your skin from prolonged sun exposure. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen when spending time outdoors, even on overcast days. Also, be sure to check your skin at least once a month and visit a dermatologist annually.

Melanoma can appear anywhere on the body but is more common on the upper body (shoulders, back, head and neck) in men, and on the lower legs in women.

Remember, people of all ages and races are at risk for developing melanoma.

Exercise your ABC's.

If you notice any change to a mole or growth on your body, see your doctor immediately. Treatment, if necessary and caught early, is often painless.

Asymmetry - Compare one half of the growth to the other. If they are not equal in size, it could be suspicious.

Border - If a moleÕs border is irregular, or indistinct, it is more likely to be cancerous.

Color - Any variation of color is concerning. Different shades of brown, blue, red, white and black, are all suspicious.

Diameter - Any mole larger than the diameter of a pencil eraser should be brought to your doctorÕs attention.

Elevation - If a mole is raised from the skin, it should be considered suspicious.