Quiz: Is That Mole Skin Cancer?
Answer these questions to find out if you have a suspect mole that should be checked out by a dermatologist, stat!
When it comes to preventing skin cancer, there's no time like the present -- especially since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and a sun-filled summer is just around the corner. Have a funny-looking mole that you've thought twice about? Worried that it might be cancerous? The following questions (based on information provided by the American Academy of Dermatology and The Skin Cancer Foundation) will help you determine if it's time to see a dermatologist.
If you do have a spot you're worried about, you can find a place to get it checked out (for free!) in your neighborhood on the American Academy of Dermatology website.
It's Time to See a Dermatologist
Based on your answers, your mole may be irregular and should be checked out by a dermatologist soon. They will be able to do a biopsy of the mole to determine whether it is cancerous or not. The good news is, when skin cancer is caught early, 95 percent of these cancers can be treated and cured, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
That's why even after you have this mole checked out, you should keep up regular skin exams. If you don't have time to make it to the dermatologist's office once a year, at least do skin self-exams. Check out The Skin Cancer Foundation's at-home exam here.
And bottom line, keep your skin protected from the sun by wearing SPF 15 every single day, and SPF 30 when exposed to the sun for extended periods of time. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with sun exposure, so sunscreen is your ultimate defense. Still looking for a great sunscreen? Check out the reader favorites on this list.