Detecting whether a skin disorder is dangerous or not is pretty tough for most people. If you are included among lay people who feel difficulty in determining the risk of a skin disorder then you should look for many information.
In general, the rate of melanoma has increased by two-fold in the last three decades. Melanoma is the most popular type of skin cancer in the United States, according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently.
There is a trick, called “ABCDE trick”, which can be used to help people identify harmful skin disorders.
Some characteristics of hazardous skin disorders that can be detected by ABCED trick are asymmetrical flag moles, irregular shaped flag moles, flag moles that contain more than one color, flag moles that have big diameter (bigger than the diameter of a pencil eraser), and flag moles that have continuing changes.
ABCDE trick is easy to do, but less accurate, said Clifford Perlis, MD, a dermatologist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. A dangerous spot may have a diameter that is smaller than what is owned by a pencil eraser.
You need a dermatologist for more accurate screening process and the process is usually recommended to be done once a year. However you must be able to perform daily screening that can be done independently and at any time.
One of the characteristics of melanoma is the mole. If you are over 35 years old, you should not find the growth of new moles. If it happens, immediately consult to your doctor, because melanoma is usually characterized by the growth of a new mole, according to a new study from Harvard Medical School, said that only 28% of all cases of melanoma occurred due to the abnormal development of old moles (moles that have been held since a young age).
If you see a sunspot or a liver spot (a small spot, flat, brown, appearing on parts of your skin that are exposed by sun) on your skin, then you can probably ignore it. The problem is very difficult to distinguish between a simple spot with a strange spot that might be the forerunner of skin cancer!
If you experience pain and itching on the skin spot you have, then you have to worry because it is some of the characteristics of melanoma. According to Dr. Perlis, a dangerous spot is usually characterized by redness with invisibility-looking. Spot with spotted black color should also be wary by anyone.
If your spot has a wart-like appearance, then you may have seborrheic keratosis, a benign growth of spots that usually tend to appear on the face, chest, shoulders, and back. Benign spot usually grow and change its color from light tan to brown and black.
Benign spot usually does not cause itching and pain. Benign spot can also peel independently. In some cases, the benign spot’s appearance is very similar to melanoma spot. With a lot of practices and seeing various examples of images on the Internet, you can distinguish between benign spot and malignant spot better.