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According to the American Cancer Society, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than any other cancers . The good news? Skin cancer, including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), is usually curable if found early and removed. Therefore, it is important to not only see a dermatologist for an annual skin exam, but also to give yourself a head-to-head exam every month.
But what exactly should you look for? Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas (the most common types of skin cancer) can be itchy, bleeding, waxy, patchy or shiny. The signs of melanoma are a bit different. To identify potentially distressing liver spots, you should use the ABCDE system.
ABCDE stands for "asymmetric", "boundary", "color", "diameter" and "evolving", these are the properties that can distinguish benign moles from cancerous examples of each of these properties The pictures are a bit graphic, but if you become familiar with the signs of melanoma, it could potentially save your life.
A symmetrical liver spots
The healthy liver spot (left) has symmetrical edges – that is, if you have drawn a line through the center of the mole, its left and right halves would be more or less the same, Dr. Friedman says, quite rightly agree with asymmetric melanoma s. "It would be almost impossible to draw a line through this nipple and get the same halves," says dr. Friedman. The different colors and the irregular border of this mole also indicate skin cancer.
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