Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? Current estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Fortunately, most skin cancers, including melanoma, can be cured if detected early. Yet one American dies from melanoma every hour. In 2014, that means an estimated 9,480 people will lose their lives to melanoma.

That’s why it’s important for you to know the simple steps that you can take to protect yourself from skin cancer, such as wearing protective clothing and applying sunscreen every day. Checking your skin for skin cancer is as simple as looking for anything changing, itching or bleeding. Consult a dermatologist if you notice anything suspicious. If you have not had your annual skin exam, we encourage you to schedule an appointment today. These simple steps can help ensure that skin cancer is diagnosed in its earliest, most treatable stage. Dermarolling Lips

ABCD’s of early melanoma detection: Consult your dermatologist immediately if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit: 

A = Asymmetry

One half is unlike the other half

B = Border

An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border

C = Color

Is varied from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown, or black, or is sometimes white, red, or blue

D = Diameter

Melanomas are usually greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) when diagnosed, but they can be smaller

E = Evolving

A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color