Facts You Should Know About Skin Cancer!

by Dr. Mary Koshy, Radiation Oncologist
Manatee Cancer Center

Summer is undoubtedly here and experts note that you need to protect your skin while spending time in the sun. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, but it’s also one of the most preventable.

Here are some tips to help you defend against skin cancer:

1.  Get an annual dermatology checkup to monitor changes in skin appearance. Do self-checks every month to monitor your brown spots and freckles.

2.  Wear sunscreen every day throughout the year, not just in summer. Apply it thoroughly to all exposed areas.

3.  You should also follow the ABCDEs and tell your doctor or dermatologist if your moles have:

Asymmetry, in which one half of the mole is unlike the other half.

Borders that are irregular, ragged, notched or poorly defined.

Color that varies from one area to another, with shades of tan, brown, black and sometimes white, pink, red or blue.

Diameters that are the size of a pencil eraser or larger.

Elevation, in which a mole or skin lesion is raised or has an uneven surface.

Find more information about skin cancer at
http://www.skincancer.org

Dr. Mary Koshy, Radiation Oncologist
Manatee Cancer Center

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