October 2, 2008
3 Surprising Skin Cancer Signs
During your monthly mole check, tack on three steps for even more protection. 1 Don't forget your scalp and neck Though it's not clear why, melanomas on these areas of the body are more deadly than those found elsewhere, say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.2 Keep an eye on large moles An Archives of Dermatology study showed that moles measuring 6 millimeters or bigger are more likely to become cancerous than smaller ones. If you notice any changes in size, border, shape, color, or feel in any mole, call your dermatologist.
3 Step on the scale Packing on just four pounds increases your risk of skin cancer by up to 50 percent, reports research in the International Journal of Cancer. Experts suggest that weight gain may boost the production of estrogen, which has been linked to melanoma.
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