From the American Academy of Dermatology website:
“Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Anyone can get melanoma. When found early and treated, the cure rate is nearly 100%. Allowed to grow, melanoma can spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma can spread quickly. When melanoma spreads, it can be deadly.
Dermatologists believe that the number of deaths from melanoma would be much lower if people:
- Knew the warning signs of melanoma.
- Learned how to examine their skin for signs of skin cancer.
- Took the time to examine their skin.
It’s important to take time to look at the moles on your skin because this is a good way to find melanoma early. When checking your skin you should look for the ABCDEs of melanoma – asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving.