Melanoma can be prevented with regular skin checks and the “ABCDE” rule: American Academy of Dermatology

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Knowing your “ABCs” can save your life.

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” star Tamra Judge recently visited Instagram to remind her followers of the dangers of melanoma.

“May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Please do a full body skin check, it might save your life. #Melanomasurvivor,” she said. posted several days ago.

The 54-year-old was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2017 after first noticing a mole that summer on a very sensitive area – her buttock, but was later diagnosed with melanoma after a massage therapist encouraged her to make sure he wasn’t serious, according to himself, a content platform for wellness and health.

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“I probably never knew it was there because I’m not turning and looking back,” said the California native. “He didn’t hurt. There was nothing, he wasn’t relieved. There was no reason for me to think there was anything wrong.”

A few months later a dermatologist biopsied the lesion and the melanoma returned. She subsequently underwent surgery and she is now free from skin cancer.

Apply sunscreen to prevent skin cancers
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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United Statesbut melanoma accounts for only about 1 percent of all skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.

“Melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of cells that produce pigment. Melanoma can appear suddenly on the skin without warning, but it can also develop within an existing mole,” according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD).

“The overall incidence of melanoma continues to rise. In fact, rates of melanoma in the United States doubled from 1988 to 2019 and, worldwide, the number of melanoma diagnoses is projected to increase by more than 50% by 2040 “.

Wearing sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer.

Wearing sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer.
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Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning is thought increases the risk of all types of skin cancerincluding melanoma, according to the Dermatological Association.

And more than 90 percent of melanoma cases result from skin damage caused by ultraviolet radiation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Using tanning beds before age 20 can increase the chances of developing melanoma by 47% and the risk increases with each use, “warns AAD.

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“The American Academy of Dermatology urges everyone to examine their skin regularly. This means looking at the whole body, including the back, scalp, palms, soles of the feet and between the toes.”

And if you notice a moles on your skinfollow the “ABCDE rule” to know when to see a doctor.

The “A” stands for asymmetry where half of the spot is different from the other, “B” stands for an irregular edge, the “C” stands for color, where the mole changes color from one area to another, the “D” “stands for diameter, where the mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser and” E “is about to evolve, where the dot looks different from the rest.

Put sunscreen on a child

Put sunscreen on a child
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“If you notice a new mole, a different mole on your skin, or one that changes, itches or bleeds, even if it’s smaller than 6mm, you should make an appointment to see a certified dermatologist as soon as possible,” he advised. AAD.

Melanomas are highly treatable if caught early, with an average five-year survival rate of 99% for those diagnosed before they spread to the lymph nodes.

Prevention against harmful UV rays it’s essential, so the dermatology association advises: “The sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 2pm. If your shadow seems to be shorter than you, look for shade.”

Also wear sun-protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and UV-protective sunglasses, according to AAD.

But for more effective sun protection, look for special clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) number on the label.

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And apply broad spectrum sunscreen that is also water resistant with SFPs of 30 or greater to all skin not covered by clothing, remembering to take extra precautions near water, snow and sand because their reflective properties can “… intensify harmful sunlight, which can increase the likelihood of sunburn. “

“Avoid tanning beds. If you want to look tanned, consider using a self-tanner, but keep using sunscreen.”

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