Dr Oz: Melanoma Skin Cancer
Dr Oz did a segment on the difference between a freckle and a malignant mole. With Doctor Oz’s 10 Second Skin Cancer Pencil Test, you can help yourself to diagnose Melanomas as quickly as possible. Dr Oz said that 70,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a Melanoma this year. Early detection is crucial for Skin Cancer, so here are the Skin Cancer Risk Factors that Dr Ellen Marmur discussed with Dr Oz.
Dr Oz: Skin Cancer Risk Factors
The first Skin Cancer Risk Factor is having light colored hair or a light eye color. People with light hair or light eyes have less melanin to protect them and their DNA. However, just because you have dark skin and dark eyes does not exempt you from worrying about Skin Cancer.
The second Skin Cancer Risk Factor is if you had one or more severe sunburns as a child. This is why it is so important that parents put sunblock on their children before they go out in the sun.
Dr Oz: Skin Cancer Pencil Test
A – Is your mole asymmetrical? Put the eraser of a pencil next to the mole to compare, because the eraser is symmetrical and that is what you want your mole to be as well.
B – Is the border of the mole clearly defined? You do not want any fuzzy edges.
C – The color of the mole should be brown and a consistent shade throughout.
D – The diameter of the mole (meaning how big it is), is important. You should be able to completely cover up the mole with the eraser on the back of the pencil.
E – Every year on your birthday, you should examine yourself from head to toe. Do not forget to look at your scalp, palm and nails.
If you notice anything that worries you, Dr Marmur suggested taking a photo of the mole once a month for three months (along with something like the eraser of a pencil for scale). If you notice a change, definitely see your dermatologist right away.
Dr Oz: Melanoma Research Alliance
Dr Oz encouraged everyone to make a donation to the Melanoma Research Alliance. You can make a donation online here.