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Dermatologists Encourage People to Screen the One You Love for Skin Cancer
Date:5/4/2009

ion, as thinner, less problematic, tumors.

"Nodular melanomas typically do not have the classic ABCD features that one might expect to find when doing a skin self-exam, as they can be one color and have smooth borders," said Dr. Polsky. "But what's important to note is that nodular melanomas do change over a few months time, especially in color or height, such as a bump on the skin. So, I think by modifying our detection criteria to include 'evolving,' the ABCDEs of Melanoma Detection will better encompass the characteristics of aggressive nodular melanomas and help patients better assess a dangerous mole."

In addition, the Academy offers a Body Mole Map, a tool individuals can use to track their moles. The map provides information on how to perform a skin exam, images of the ABCDEs of melanoma and space for people to track their moles to determine any changes over time. Popular holidays, such as Mother's Day (May 10), Father's Day (June 21) and Grandparents Day (September 13) are reminders for people to check their loved ones' skin for suspicious moles using the Academy's Body Mole Map. The mole map is available at www.melanomamonday.org.

To minimize your risk of skin cancer, the Academy recommends that everyone Be Sun Smart(SM) :

  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 to all exposed skin. "Broad-spectrum" provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Re-apply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating. Look for the AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION(R) on products that meet these criteria. '/>"/>

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