Though skin cancer can be a very scary diagnosis, it’s also often considered one of the most treatable cancers if it’s caught early.
Watching out for melanoma symptoms can help you get in touch with your body and be aware of skin cancer risks.Learn more about the melanoma symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.
RISK FACTORS FOR MELANOMA
Though anyone can develop cancer, even without substantial exposure to the sun, there are some risk factors that should put you on high alert. A study from the European Institute of Oncology reports that childhood sun exposure is a major predictor of melanoma risk—even more significant than adult sun exposure.
Family history is also a determining factor in melanoma risk. If anyone in your family has ever been diagnosed with skin cancer, it’s important to be vigilant about regular skin checks, sunscreen use, and knowledge of melanoma symptoms. Those with very fair skin may have less natural protection from the sun, leading to an increased risk of melanoma. However, people of any skin tone can be diagnosed with melanoma, so don’t be lulled into a false sense of security.
SYMPTOMS OF MELANOMA
Awareness is the greatest weapon you have against melanoma, since early diagnosis can often be tied to more successful treatment protocols. You should watch for any new or changing moles. The ABCs of mole inspection let you know when you should get to the dermatologist and have a mole checked out: PAGE 2