May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Did youmelanoma-photo1 know that May is melanoma awareness month? Survival rates have improved over the past 30 years. Early detection is the key.
What to look for? (from the Mayo Clinic)
Melanomas can develop anywhere on your body. They most often develop in areas that have had exposure to the sun, such as your back, legs, arms and face. Melanomas can also occur in areas that don’t receive much sun exposure, such as the soles of your feet, palms of your hands and fingernail beds. These hidden melanomas are more common in people with darker skin.

A is for asymmetrical shape. Look for moles with irregular shapes, such as two very different-looking halves.

B is for irregular border. Look for moles with irregular, notched or scalloped borders — characteristics of melanomas.
C is for changes in color. Look for growths that have many colors or an uneven distribution of color.
D is for diameter. Look for new growth in a mole larger than 1/4 inch (about 6 millimeters).
E is for evolving. Look for changes over time, such as a mole that grows in size or that changes color or shape. Moles may also evolve to develop new signs and symptoms, such as new itchiness or bleeding.

A study funded by NIH and published in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA” (PNAS) demonstrated that topical application of caffeine demonstrated a delay and reduction of melanoma tumors.

The Vitamin C serum with caffeine in the Wabi-Sabi skin care line has (in clinical and anecdotal experience) shown a reduction in sunburns when used on a regular basis.

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