Call 630-398-3329 to speak with an agent.

Call 630-398-3329 to speak with an agent.

Learn the Signs of Skin Cancer with This Simple Rule

Posted by David Cheatham, May 7, 2019

As we head into May and the warmest months of the year, many of us will enjoy more time outdoors. But as you probably know, too much sun exposure throughout the years can increase your risk of skin cancer. Would you recognize the signs of skin cancer if you began developing the disease?

For some reason, many people believe that skin cancer isn’t as “serious” as other forms of cancer, likening it to “spots” on the skin that need to be addressed. And it is true that deaths from skin cancer are less common, probably because cancer of the skin is easier to spot early in its development. But still, about 3,000 people in the United States die of skin cancer each year. So we should still take the illness very seriously.

If you have any unusual spots or blemishes on your skin, you can assess your risk of skin cancer by using the ABCDE rule:

A – Is the spot asymmetrical?
B – Is the border irregular, blurred, or ragged?
C- Does the color of the spot vary, including different shades of brown and black, perhaps even with some blue, pink, red, or white?
D- Is the diameter of the spot greater than ¼ inch (about the size of a pencil eraser)?
E- Is the spot “evolving”, changing in size, shape, or color over time?

If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you could be at risk of melanoma (the more dangerous form of skin cancer). However, there are other forms of skin cancer that, while less dangerous, should still be diagnosed and removed right away.

If you notice any spot, mole, or blemish on your skin that concerns you, visit your physician right away. He or she might refer you to a dermatologist or skin cancer specialist, who can determine for certain whether you need treatment for skin cancer. When caught early in its development, skin cancer is easily removed, and often does not return.

In the meantime, remember to use sunscreen, a hat, and breathable clothing that covers vulnerable areas of your body when out in the sun. Skin cancer might be easily treatable when compared to other forms of cancer, but prevention should still be your number one method of addressing this common illness.

Need more information on your insurance options?

Contact us online to learn more

Contact Us

Close Accessibility Tools
Accessibility Controls Reset
Content Adjustments
Font Size

Default

Line Height

Default

Content Scaling

Default

Highlight Titles
Highlight Links
Highlight Forms
Align Left
Align Center
Align Right
Focus Mode
Color Adjustments
Desaturate
Monochrome
Contrast

Default

Saturation

Default

Accessibility Statement

Despite our attempts to make this website accessible for everyone, there may still be some pages or sections that are not completely accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or do not have a suitable technological solution to make them accessible. Nevertheless, we are always striving to enhance our accessibility by adding, updating, improving its options and features, and incorporating new technologies.

We want to provide our users with the best experience possible, so we strive to support as many browsers and assistive technologies as possible.

If you wish to contact this website's owner, please use the contact form on the website.

Our User Interface Adjustment Options

Font adjustments - With this tool, users can modify font size, style, letter spacing, and line height for improved alignment and readability.

Color adjustments - Users can customize their color contrast profiles to light, dark, desaturated, and monochrome.

Content highlighting - Users can prioritize key elements such as links, forms, and titles.

Content focus - Users can enable focus mode to highlight the current page information based on their mouse movement.

Close