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5 Essential Facts About Skin Cancer Moles

Get to know your moles and your skin cancer risk

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Posted 24/01/13

There are thousands of people who have skin cancer moles and do not realize this. It is a sad fact, but it can be too late before skin cancer is diagnosed. The more you know about the condition and its symptoms and signs, the better preventive measures you will be able to take. Learn as much as possible to enjoy a higher level of protection.

Skin Cancer Moles: Know the Danger

First, people with over 50 normal moles on their body are at higher risk of developing cancerous moles. Statistics show that having more normal moles increases your risk of skin cancer. There is not a precise explanation why this is the case, but it may be because your skin is more prone to damage from the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. One important thing to note is that removal of normal moles will not lower your risk of this dangerous condition in any way. Regular checkups are required for prevention. Second, skin cancer can spread from moles on the skin to vital organs in the body. This, it is important for you to realize the dangers of this type of cancer. The cancerous cells can travel from the skin to other organs in the body via the lymphatic system and destroy healthy cells there. It has been found that the liver and the brain are the most commonly affected organs in patients with skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Moles: Can You Recognize Them?

Third, while a common mole can become cancerous, it is rare. Common moles are usually smaller than five millimetres. They are perfectly evenly shaped and have a single colour. You should not expect one which has been around for quite some time to become dangerous. However, if it starts changing, you should go see a doctor. Fourth, not all dysplastic moles turn into skin cancer. Dysplastic moles are pre-cancerous, but they are definitely not cancer. In fact, most of them never become cancerous. Dermatologists recommend that they are monitored and removed only in case they pose serious danger. Fifth, and finally, some skin cancer moles do not match all ABCDE criteria. A is for asymmetry, B is for boarders that are irregular, C is for colour that is uneven, D is for diameter larger than 6 millimetres and E is for evolving. The reality is that some of the dangerous skin formations are perfectly round and not asymmetric. You can also find some with fairly smooth edges and even colour. It is even possible for a dangerous mole to fade into the skin. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from cancerous moles is to get regular screenings.

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