Use these tips as a guideline to determine whether you may have melanoma.

A:  Asymmetry – the spot isn’t symmetrical and may have an odd shape

B:  Border – look for a border that isn’t sharp or defined

C:  Color – the color is not uniform and may have different shades of red, brown, or black

D:  Diameter – the spot is the size of a pencil eraser or larger

1.3 million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year.

There are more new cases of skin cancer each year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined.

The risk of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, has more than doubled in the past decade.  Yet melanoma is one of the easiest forms of cancer to prevent and early detection and treatment are critical.

More than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, yet fewer than 33% of us routinely use sun protection.

So if you notice any changes, please go to a dermatologist immediately.  It could save your life