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Check Your Moles: Preventing And Treating Melanoma

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Posted 03/10/13

Melanoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer and it is also the most serious. Melanoma is often related to too much exposure to the sun and to severe sunburns. Melanoma can start from a mole you already have, or it can appear suddenly. It can also spread quickly, which makes it the most dangerous type of skin cancer. If you have several moles, you may want to know are your moles cancerous.

MELANOMA: ARE YOUR MOLES CANCEROUS?

If you are wondering are your moles cancerous, there are certain signs to look for in a mole. If you have moles that are asymmetrical (formed of two halves that do not match) and moles that have irregular or blurred edges, it is a good idea to have your doctor or a dermatologist to look at them. You should also keep an eye on any moles that have an uneven color (different shades of brown or black, or even pink, red, grey or white). Moles that change in size or shape, or that bleed or itch, belong to the risk group.

Some people have a higher risk of developing melanoma than others. If there has been melanoma in your family, you may have a higher risk to get melanoma in the future. You may also belong to a melanoma risk group if you have several moles, if you have suffered from sunburns in the past, if your skin is fair and your eyes are light, and if you have been a regular sun bed user in the past.

PREVENTING MELANOMA

Skin cancers can be prevented to a large extent by good sun protection. Stay out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is at its brightest and hottest, or protect yourself with a good sun hat and a high SPF sunblock if you need to go outside. If your skin is fair, use a sunblock with a minimum SPF of 35. If melanoma is detected in its early stages, it is easier to treat. Full recovery is often possible if the melanoma is detected early.