Of course, you need the sun for Vitamin D (and it feels SO good!), but you also have to be aware of what happens when you get scorched — it can lead to skin cancer.
The good news is that skin cancer has a very high incidence, but a very low mortality. That’s because you can detect the melanomas very easily.
The graphic below from the American Melanoma Foundation provides a great guide to what is, and is not, cancerous based on visual inspection. Below this, find the self-examination guide
If any blemishes or moles on your skin meet ANY of these criteria, please please please go see a dermatologist. Plus, a sudden or continuous change in the appearance of a mole is also a sign that you should see your doctor.
A for Asymmetry
One half is different than the other half.
B for Border Irregularity
The edges are notched, uneven, or blurred.
C for Color
The color is uneven. Shades of brown, tan,
and black are present.
D for Diameter
Diameter is greater than 6 millimeters.
E for Evolving
When the mole changes over time.
Other Warning Signs:
• The appearance of a new bump or nodule
• Color spreads into surrounding skin
• redness or swelling beyond the mole
• scaly appearance