As you are now (probably) aware of, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. During this month a lot of people contribute to the mission of raising awareness of skin cancer risk to as many people as possible. To support this cause, we will publish a series of blogposts dedicated to the most common signs of skin cancer. We focus on the ABCDE-method for detecting early signs, that will help you when performing self-checks and to get you to a doctor in time. Today we look at the importance of colors.
Every mole or skin spot has a certain color. That in itself does not represent a risk, but that changes when specific colors are involved – or a combination of colors can be seen.
So why is color important?
A mole is usually one color; a shade of brown. When it changes in color, or has multiple colors, there could be a risk. When a mole changes and could potentially be dangerous, a number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear.
A melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) may also become red, white or blue. But if you see a mole turning into a color which is not mentioned here, make sure to have it checked.
The first step to take is to self-check. This is the easiest way to get an instant risk indication of that mole you worry about. Start using the SkinVision app today to take a picture of the mole, and track your skin health over time.
What you can do to help
Skin Cancer Awareness Month is about spreading the word. So what can YOU do to help? Spread the word to your friends and family by sharing this article, click here to post to Twitter directly. Also, on the #MostCommonCancer hashtag a lot of valuable content is being shared – so make sure to support that hashtag as well. Thank you!