Skin cancer or melanoma forms in the melanocytes, cells found in the skin that produce melanin that tans the skin. Overexposure to the sun can cause melanocytes to cluster forming pink, tan, or brown moles. If moles begin to change shape, color or size they may be cancerous. According to the American Cancer Association, skin cancer is the most common of all the cancers with more than 60,000 cases each year in the United States.
Remembering “ABCD” can help you tell a normal mole from an abnormal mole:
* Source: American Cancer Society
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
You are at a greater risk for skin cancer if you:
The causes of skin cancer are unknown. By protecting your skin from the sun and having regular skin cancer screenings you can reduce your risk for skin cancer.
Ways to protect yourself against skin cancer:
Skin cancer screening, head-to-toe visual exam, recommendations:
MemorialCare is proud to provide the highest quality, comprehensive cancer care for adults and children of all ages. Our cancer centers are devoted to improving the lives of residents in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California and beyond.
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