Here are some of the most common warning signs of melanoma:
- A new mole or growth on your skin
- A mole that changes in size, shape, color, or texture
- A mole that has a jagged or irregular border
- A mole that has multiple colors
- A mole that bleeds or oozes
- A sore on your skin that does not heal or keeps coming back
If you notice any of these warning signs, it is important to see a doctor or dermatologist right away. Melanoma is a serious disease, but it is very treatable if it is caught early.
Here are some additional tips for preventing melanoma:
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, even on cloudy days.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you are sweating or swimming.
- Seek shade during the middle of the day, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear protective clothing, such as a hat and sunglasses, when you are outdoors.
- Avoid tanning beds.
By being aware of the warning signs of melanoma and taking steps to protect your skin from the sun, you can help reduce your risk of developing this type of skin cancer.