One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. There are new cases every year, more than incidences of breast, prostate, colon, and lung cancers combined. The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage skin cells that then trigger mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
ABCDE’s of Melanoma
The most widely recognized indication of skin cancer is the change of your skin. This change could be a changing mole, a slow growing bump, or a dry and scaly rough patch of skin. Lesions that itch, bleed or do not heal are also signs to be looking out for. Using the ABCDE’s of Melanoma can help in early detection of skin cancer. The ABCDE’s of Melanoma are asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving.