And one way to prevent melanoma is by avoiding indoor tanning. According to the Skin Health Study, indoor tanning is associated with a four times greater risk of developing malignant melanoma. For this reason, the health reform bill recently enacted a 10% ”sin-tax“ on indoor tanning services. If it will not only increase your risk of cancer, but also cost more, why bother with indoor tanning at all? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all, and untanned skin may soon be popular.
The next best way to save money on malignant melanoma is to diagnose it early.
Here’s a test: look at the next three pictures and answer these questions:
A. Is the shape asymmetric or symmetric?
B. Is the border irregular or smooth?
C. Is the color consistent or inconsistent throughout the mole?
It’s pretty easy to see that the moles are Asymmetric, the Borders are irregular, and the Color is inconsistent. These are the ABCs typical of a malignant melanoma. If you detect a similar mole on yourself, see your physician right away.
An early cancer can often be surgically excised for a complete cure, for under $500. A melanoma that has already metastasized (spread) can require extensive treatment that costs tens of thousands of dollars - and still be fatal.
Copyright © 2010 Cynthia J. Koelker, MD
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