(KUTV) One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Utah ranks No. 1 in the nation for new melanoma skin cancer diagnoses each year. This is scary because melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. The good news is that when found early, melanoma is very treatable. Terri Hunter with American Fork Hospital stopped by to tell us what to look for when it comes to our skin.
When examining your skin, you want to look for warning signs called the A-B-C-D-E's of melanoma. If you find any of these warning signs, you need to see an dermatologist.
- Asymmetrical shape - one half is different than the other
- Border - irregular or poorly defined border
- Changes in color - color is varied from one area to another
- Diameter - the size of a pencil eraser (but can be smaller)
- Evolving - changing in size, shape, or color over time
American Fork Hospital's cancer center is hosting a FREE skin cancer screening as part of their Girls' Night Out event on August 17th from 6-9 p.m. (170 N. 1100 E., American Fork) This FREE event is for women to enjoy a night out with their girlfriends, mom, or sisters to explore more than 70 booths and obtain information to improve their health and wellness. The event will have demonstrations, food, pampering, health screenings, giveaways, and prizes.
For more information visit: www.AmericanForkHospital.org/girlsnightout