Health and Beauty Treatments That Might Save Your Life
OK, so maybe not immediately, but develop these health and beauty habits and they will add years to your life
Life saving health and beauty appointment: dermatologistNext time you go into your dermatologist to have an acne treatment or get a lil' Botox, have him/her screen your body for suspicious moles. If your doctor detects melanoma (a deadly form of skin cancer) early, it might be benign and is actually 100 percent curable, says Austin. Also, since your skin is an outer representation of what's happening on the inside, internal illnesses such as heart disease and stomach cancer may actually be discovered by a skin examination from your dermatologist.
How often should you go? At least once a year, unless you have a previous history of melanoma or are at high risk (factors include: fair skin, history of sunburns, burn easily, live in a sunny or high-altitude climate, have moles, a family history of skin cancer, etc.), then you should go two to three times per year, says Austin. Between appointments, he says it's important to look for the following in your moles:
Symmetry: Should be circular or oval -- not asymmetrical
Size: Greater than a quarter of an inch isn't good
Color: Brown is generally safer than black
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