The ABCD of Skin Cancer

Abcde of Skin

Hey, Bellas! Summer is almost here and, for most, it’s an opportunity to spend time outdoors indulging in activities and enjoying the great weather. But, remember, the Sun is a part of that package, and as beautiful and enjoyable as it is, you should always take precaution by applying SPF to your body.

Every year more and more people of every race are being diagnosed with Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. So, being in the know is key to prevention. Here are the ABCD rules everyone should know about skin cancer (melanoma):

A is for SYMMETRY – If you draw a line through the mole, both sides should be equal. If one half of the mole does not match the other half, that may note be good. You should see a physician.

B is for BORDER – If the outer edges are uneven, jagged, notched, or blurred, not good either.

C is for COLOR  – the color should be consistent throughout the mole. If it’s dark black or have multiple colors, watch out. If it is tan or one uniform color that’s good.

D is for DIAMETER – the diameter should not be greater then 1/4 inch (6 mm) or should not be growing larger. However, if it’s smaller than a pencil eraser that’s good. If it’s larger that’s bad.

To learn more, visit the National Cancer Institute.

See your physician immediately if you notice changes to any mole on your skin.

~Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

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Dixie Lincoln-Nichols has a passion for all things beautiful. She is a self-described beauty junkie and the founder of Dixie Bits.

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