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Home Health House Calls: Recognizing Skin Cancer

In this edition of Home Health House Calls we learn about how to recognize skin cancer.
Recognizing Skin Cancer-

Welcome to Home Health House Calls.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but you are at greatest risk if you have fair skin, light-colored hair or eyes, many moles on your skin, history of sunburns, or a family history of skin cancer.

Doing monthly skin checkups is the best way to find new marks or skin changes.

During your skin checkups, you should look for signs of melanoma using ABCDE.

A is for asmmety- which means the sides of the mole or growth don't match

B is the border- look for edges that are ragged, notched or blurred.

C tells us to note if the color within the mole or growth varies.

D stands for diameter. Moles should be less than the size of a pencil eraser.

And finally E- which is for evolving. You should note if the size, shape or color of a mole changes.

Most skin changes are not cancer.

But if you see any changes in your skin, call your doctor right away.

Only he or she can diagnose a problem.
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