When the sun hits our skin, changes occur within the cells. These changes contribute to a sped up maturation process of the skin, increasing susceptibility to the most common type of cancer; skin cancer. Be aware that the rays of the sun are strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are out in the sun always use sunscreen and wear protective clothing.
Check your skin once a month for growth, sores, moles, or birthmarks that correspond to the following characteristics (remember this mnemonic):
- Asymmetry Cancer spots will not look equal on both sides if an imaginary line in drawn down the center of it
- Borders A mole or spot with blurry and/or jagged edges
- Color A mole that has changed colors or consists of more than one hue
- Diameter A spot larger than a pencil eraser should be evaluated
- Elevation Cancer spots are often raised and have uneven surfaces
If you identify with any of the above, please have your skin evaluated by a doctor.