Daily Challenge Thursday Apr. 19, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Review the warning signs of skin cancer.

How to do it

Learning to check yourself for the signs of skin cancer isn't complicated. In fact, if you know the alphabet, you're already halfway there! Remember ABCDE: asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving. These five terms explain what to look for when you're evaluating any moles or marks on your skin. For examples of ABCDE in action, visit the website of the Skin Cancer Foundation at http://www.skincancer.org/m...

Why it matters

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer today. The good news is that prevention (wearing sunscreen, covering up when you're outdoors, and avoiding the sun when it's highest in the sky) and early detection can bring your risk way down. If skin cancer is found early - before the tumor has penetrated the skin - the survival rate is 99%.

Fun fact

Every minute we lose 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells, about nine pounds per year. Our epidermis is constantly making new cells to replace them.


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