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Mona Dermatology encourages you to be sun safe at the pool this summer!

Fast Facts

  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.
  • Skin Cancers are the most common form of cancer in the United States and worldwide.
  • More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined.
  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • Yearly skin exams at your dermatologist and monthly self-exams are key to early detection and treatment.

Over 3 million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancers every year. Precancers, or actinic keratoses, are even more common. Early diagnosis is key. We recommend yearly complete skin exams to check for suspicious moles or other patches. You should also complete monthly self-exams using the ABCDE’s method.

Sun Safety Tips with Dr. Mona Foad

ABCDE'S of Melanoma

  • A

    Asymmetry

    Moles should be symmetrical, not asymmetrical. Each half should be like the other.

  • B

    Border

    Moles should be round or oval and not have irregular borders.

  • C

    Color

    Each mole should be a single color, not multiple colors or darker than the other moles on your body.

  • D

    Diameter or Different

    Moles should be smaller than a pencil eraser and should not be growing in size. They also should not be different than your other moles. Look for the “ugly duckling mole” that does not fit with the rest of your moles.

  • E

    Evolving

    Moles should not be changing in color, size, or shape.

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