Date: December 17, 2017

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Detecting Skin Cancer Early Saves Lives

Early detection of skin cancer offers the best chance for a cure. For example, when melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer is found early there is a 90% chance of being cured.

Signs of skin cancer can take years to appear. Check your skin monthly to catch problems early. If you notice changes, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

The ABCDEs of Melanoma

 A  Asymmetry: One half of a mole is unlike the other half.
B Border: Edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
C Colour: Different colours, like shades of brown, tan and black, are mixed.
D Diameter: Anything larger than the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil (6 mm).
E Evolution: Look for change in colour size, shape or symptoms, such as itching, soreness or bleeding.

Learn more about skin cancer self-examination and get a monthly skin check reminder by email.

Melanoma resources:

Canadian Cancer Society
Melanoma Network of Canada