The ABCD’s of Melanoma from Knoxville Dermatology Group

Watch for these four warning signs during Melanoma Awareness Month

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It is important to pay attention to your skin so it’s easier to recognize changes that may need to be examined.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

Knoxville Dermatology Group, the largest private practice group of board-certified dermatologists in Tennessee, announces May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and anyone is susceptible to developing it. Knoxville Dermatology Group aims to increase awareness of the importance of the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer.

Each year, approximately two million people in the United States are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, with the majority being either basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas. In addition, melanoma has tripled over the past three decades and is currently one of the top 10 causes of new cancer cases.

KDG encourages everyone to be aware of the four warning signs for keeping skin healthy:

  •     A for Asymmetry – if one half of a mole is different than the other half
  •     B for Border Irregularity – if the mole’s edges are uneven, blurred or notched
  •     C for Color – if the mole’s color is uneven and has shades of black or brown
  •     D for Diameter – if the mole’s diameter is greater than 6 milimeters

“It is important to pay attention to your skin so it’s easier to recognize changes that may need to be examined,” said George Keough, MD. “A sudden or continuous change (including any of the ABCD’s) in the appearance of a mole is a sign to contact a dermatologist immediately.”

During the upcoming summer months, stay in the shade and do not go in the sun without SPF 30 or higher, with both UVA and UVB protection. Additional information about skin cancer is available at http://www.knoxderm.com.

About Knoxville Dermatology Group
Knoxville Dermatology Group is largest private practice group of board-certified dermatologists in Tennessee. Founded in 1971, Knoxville Dermatology Group has three locations, West Knoxville, Sevierville and at UT Medical Center for providing a wide range of dermatological care including pediatric dermatology, PUVA and Narrowband UVB, and Mohs Surgery. For more information about Knoxville Dermatology Group, please visit http://www.knoxderm.com.

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