Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. It develops in the cells that produce melanin — the pigment that gives your skin its color. While the cause of all melanomas isn’t clear, exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) from sunlight or tanning beds increases your risk of developing melanoma. Limiting your exposure to UV radiation and protecting your skin by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on a daily basis can help reduce your risk of melanoma.
When melanoma is present, it is often highly treatable when detected early. Check your skin for signs of melanoma using the “ABC’s of Melanoma.”
A is for Asymmetry
The spot presenting with one side looking notable different from the other.
B is for Border
The spot has an irregular, poorly defined, or scalloped border.
C is for Color
The spot presents multiple colors.
D is for Diameter
The spot is larger than 6 millimeters, about the size of a pencil eraser. (Although some can be smaller when initially diagnosed.)
E is for Evolving
The spot looks different or is changing in size, shape, and color over time.
If you notice any new spots on your skin, spots that are different from others, or spots that are changing, itching or bleeding, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist. Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd in Augusta, Ga. For appointments, questions, or to find out about available skin care products and prices, our office can be reached at 706-691-7079.