Skin Cancer: 88% of curable cases if detected early, which moles should alert you?
In France, 80,000 new cases of skin cancer are detected each year. Of these, 15,404 are melanomas. They are tumors at high risk of metastasis, most of which is manifested as a new abnormal mole. When cancer is diagnosed early, there is a 88% chance of healing recalls BFM TV.
To keep an eye on his moles, a quick look at his arms and legs is not enough. They nest everywhere. Scalp, behind the ears, soles of the feet, space between the toes, genitals, everything must be sifted. The best is to ask for help from someone around you. Here are some moles to alert you.
The mole looks different from the others
"When you look at someone's skin, you see that his moles have roughly the same shape, the same color"says Dr. Claudine Blanchet-Bardon, vice president of the National Union of Dermatologists-Venereologists, a dark spot that does not have the same color or appearance that others should alert.
Its edges are irregular, its diameter is greater than 6 mm
How to know if a mole is suspicious? We answer 5 questions according to the ABCDE rule: Does the task have an asymmetrical shape ? Are its Edges irregular? ? This does several colors ? Its Diameter is it greater than 6 mm ? Do you see a size evolution, from color or thick in the last few months? If you answer yes to one or two of these criteria, it is imperative to consult.
Moles are very numerous
If you have more than 30 moles, it is a risk factor for cancer. That's why it's imperative to protect your skin from the sun. "The sunscreen are not the best way to protect, recommends the dermatologist. Hat, T-shirt, these are first and foremost clothing that protects against sunburn."We also avoid exposure between 12h and 16h.
Pay attention to any suspicious spot
"We focus too much on moles", warns the specialist, 70 to 80% of melanomas occur out of the moles, which is why it is necessary to consult a dermatologist at the slightest suspicious spot.
Self-monitor every 4 to 6 months
Skin cancers are evolving rapidly. That's why it's important to self-monitor every 4 to 6 months. As soon as we notice a suspicious change, we go to the dermatologist. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Detected at an early stage, the prognosis is favorable. Also beware of carcinoma (100,000 new cases per year) that begins with a flesh-colored or very black button, often on the face before nibbling on the skin.
When should it be removed?
Remove the one that is placed near the bra strap? "This is not the one who is most subject to repeated trauma, notes Dr. Blanchet-Bardon. We will rather question those who are located under the foot, at the level of the shoe for example"A mole that is overworked creates a runaway of cells that can lead to a genetic mutation.The dermatologist can also remove a mole suspicious (according to the criteria previously seen), which he will have analyzed.
Moreover, moles and tattoos do not mix well. "The tattoo would hide its evolution", warns the dermatologist.Also pay attention to hair removal, responsible for trauma.
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