Do you know the ABCs of melanoma?

It is estimated that this year alone:

  • 6,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with melanoma.
  • 1,050 Canadians will die from melanoma.
  • 3,300 Canadian  men will be diagnosed with melanoma and 640 will die from it.
  • 2,700 Canadian women will be diagnosed with melanoma and 390 will die from it.
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, the earlier it is treated, the more likely the chance of recovery. Below are 5 signs to be on the look out for when trying to detect a potentially cancerous growth on the skin:

Asymmetry: Healthy moles and beauty marks are normally symmetrical. If you visualize a straight line going through the growth at any direction, both sides should be identical.

Border: If the rim of the mole is irregular or poorly defined, you may want to have it checked out by a dermatologist.

Colour: Various shades of brown, black or tan in a single spot often means that the cells are not functioning properly. Be wary of unusual hues such as blue, white or red.

Diameter: Generally, moles larger than six millimeters across are cause for suspicion, however even the smallest of growths can be malignant and/or life-threatening.

Evolution: If the mole has changed in anyway over a period of time, contact your dermatologist immediately.

Because melanoma can metastasize (spread), treatment is absolutely essential. Melanocytes, the cells responsible for giving skin its pigment, is where melanoma begins. Melanoma cells usually continue to produce melanin and is the reason why malignant moles can sometimes take on a mix of colours at once.

At NewDermaMed, we offer a variety of treatments for mole removal depending on the size and location of the growth. By removing a mole, you eliminate the health risks associated with potentially pre-cancerous moles while also achieving smoother, clearer skin. Visit our website for more information about the benefits of mole removal and to book your free consultation today.

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