Skin Cancer-Could it Happen to You?

You know the answer, “YES, It could happen to you!”

Let me tell you a story about my cancer.  I had a spot on my cheek that came up really fast.  It started out as a freckle, but grew quickly.  I mean within a few of weeks, it was the size of cancerLauraa quarter.  I was alarmed and knew I had to see my doctor.  I made an appointment with my dermatologist.  I wanted to discuss this “freckle” that had appeared on my cheek.  It was rather large and came up very fast.  Within a week, it was the size of a dime.  In the next week, it was the size of a nickle and soon as large as a quarter.  I knew this was a bad sign.

My dermatologist took one look and immediately knew it was the first stage of skin cancer.  Lucky for me, I caught it while my cancer was still in the first stage.  It had not “bored down” deeper into the layers of my skin.  Treatment was easy and quick.  Right in her office, my doctor destroyed my cancer.  Here is what it looks like two weeks after removal.

Moral of my story?

Protect yourself and keep a keen eye out for signs of skin cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society, remember your ABCDEs!

The ABCDE rule is a guide to the usual signs of melanoma. Be on the lookout and tell your doctor about spots that have any of the following features:

  • A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
  • B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
  • C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
  • D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
  • E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

Click this link to learn more at Cancer.org

Oh yeah and always wear sunscreen, ALWAYS, everyday all year long!