A Valentine’s Day Gift That Shows You Care

Feb 14, 2013 1 Comment by

If you share a close bond with your significant other, you may want to consider giving them a skin exam this Valentine’s Day and asking them to do the same for you.

Melanoma and non-melanomas can be tricky to spot on one’s own skin, especially on the scalp and back. For men in particular, one third of melanomas are found on the back. Men are also much less likely to examine their own skin, and studies have shown that when skin cancer is found at an early stage, it is most often detected by a spouse or partner. Studies have also shown that couples who check one another for skin cancer tend to do so more thoroughly than people who perform skin self-exams alone.

If you find a suspicious spot on your spouse, urge them to see a dermatologist right away for proper diagnosis. Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, the three most common types of skin cancer, are treatable when detected early. So help ensure you and your valentine are around for many Valentine’s Days to come.

Skin Cancer Warning Signs from the Skin Cancer Foundation

- A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored.

- A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that: changes color, increases in size or thickness, changes in texture, is irregular in outline, is bigger than 6mm or 1/4”, the size of a pencil eraser, appears after age 21

- A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed.

- An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.

Look for any of the warning signs when you perform a self-exam. If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover a new one that looks suspicious, see a physician immediately.

To find out more about how to spot a skin cancer and for information on self-exams, visit www.skincancer.org/Self-Examination/.

Reference: The Skin Cancer Foundation. 

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One Response to “A Valentine’s Day Gift That Shows You Care”

  1. Alexandr says:

    Its very good and quite accurate. Hopefully it will help save other pelope.I would change this I buried a friend of 18 years in which melanoma was discovered in her left arm, and with many so called “successful operations” she was deemed clear of the disease but only one month this sentance indicates she was your friend for eighteen years, which is not possible if you are 15yo. I assume you mean that she was eighteen. I would substitute “I buried a friend only 18 years old after a melanoma was discovered in her left arm. and She had many so called “successful operations” she was deemed clear of the disease. Only one month later, the melanoma spead to her liver, which rapidly caused her demise.”

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