Skin Checks

Photos to come soon of PSU vs. OSU tailgating and game, curling and our new sofa!

And, I just want to take a moment to remind you to get your moles checked, especially now that the summer is over (and especially those in southern California).  My dermatologist was 2 for 2 with catching abnormalities, one of which was basal cell carcinoma – no big deal, but could have been.  AND, that was the same growth that my primary care physician told me to put cream on!  Good thing I knew better.  Remember the ABCDEs if you need a guideline.

“The basic ABCDE warning signs to determine whether a mole is a melanoma are as follows (American Academy of Dermatology, 2009):

MELANOMA CHARACTERISTICS

A. Asymmetry: one half unlike the other half

B. Border Irregularity: irregular, scalloped, poorly defined

C. Color: varied from one area to another, shades of tan and brown, black; Sometimes white, red or blue

D. Diameter: greater than 6mm, but can be smaller

E. Evolving: looks different from the rest or changing in size, shape, color”

 

If you have blue spots on your skin, this should be a no brainer.  Just pay attention and be proactive.  I will let you know how mine turns out.  I’m ready to get my family nickname back just in time for the holidays…Cancer Baby.

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