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Host: Scott LaMar

What you should know about skin cancer

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 19, 2012 8:20 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, July 20:

As part of witf’s continuing series Facing Cancer Together, Friday’s Radio Smart Talk will focus on skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.  It is diagnosed in more than two million people each year.

Yet, many Americans, especially during the summer months, continue to expose themselves to the harmful rays of the sun without protection while they work, play or are on vacation.

Would you know how to recognize skin cancer’s warning signs?

The ABCD's of Melanoma (from the American Melanoma Foundation website):

A sudden or continuous change in the appearance of a mole is a sign that you should see your doctor. The ABCD rule can help you remember the symptoms of melanoma:

 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.

Other Melanoma Warning Signs:

  • The appearance of a new bump or nodule
  • Color spreads into surrounding skin
  • redness or swelling beyond the mole
  • pain
  • tenderness
  • itching
  • bleeding
  • oozing
  • scaly appearance

Joining us on the program will be dermatologist, Dr. Christine Mackley of Brownstone Dermatology in Hummelstown and Sharon Swanger, a Lebanon County woman whose skin cancer spread to other organs.

Please list details of any skin cancer screening events in the comments section below.


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