June 2019 – Have Fun in the Sun, BUT…

June 2019 – Have Fun in the Sun, BUT…

June is finally here and everyone who is able will be out and about enjoying “fun in the sun,” but we need to be cognizant of its effects on our body.

Protect yourself with a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. But awareness to skin changes is paramount.

I am addressing moles here. Most are harmless except for one, MELANOMA skin cancer can be very serious and deadly! Because many melanomas develop on the skin where they can be seen, they have a good chance of early detection. Regular examination of the skin for any new or unusual growths or changes in existing moles should be discussed with your primary care physician and referred to a dermatologist who is qualified to diagnose melanomas.

A normal mole is generally colored evenly (brown, black or tan and about the size of a pencil eraser). They can be flat or raised, and generally do not change. The first sign of melanoma is typically a new spot of the skin or a change in the size of an existing mole.

The ABCDE method may help you determine whether an abnormal skin growth may be melanoma.

A – Asymmetry: The mole has an irregular shape.
B – Border: The edge is not smooth, but irregular or notched.
C – Color: The mole has uneven shading or dark spots.
D – Diameter: The spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
E – Evolving or Elevation: The spot is changing in size, shape or texture.

If you have any of these warning signs or questions about an area or sore, have it examined by a doctor! Have fun this summer, but be safe.

 

Nurse Barbara