Skin Cancer: A Dangerous But Preventable Disease

By | March 29, 2018

Today’s increased media attention on issues like heart health and lung cancer prevention have saved millions of lives. Unfortunately, skin cancer doesn’t always get as much focus, so it silently attacks victims who did not realize it could even kill. In fact, it is one of the most preventable diseases and is very treatable in the earliest stages. The key is awareness and education. Simple preventative steps and treatment can dramatically lower deaths from the disease.

Those Moles May Not Be Beauty Marks

The number of skin cancer deaths in the U.K. has been steadily rising for years, partly because many citizens do not realize that innocent-looking blemishes can signal a deadly skin cancer. Many times “moles” are actually malignant melanomas that can signal cancer capable of spreading throughout the body. The problem has become so common that sites like include a “click here” option where viewers can educate themselves about the signs and dangers of skin cancers.

Simple Steps Can Prevent a Deadly Outcome

As with many diseases, awareness is the key to preventing and successfully treating skin cancer. The sun’s UV rays are the greatest contributor to skin problems in general and play a big part in the development of skin cancers. As a result, medical professionals strongly suggest that everyone apply a powerful sunscreen before going outdoors, especially on very sunny days. Experts also recommend sunglasses, a hat and sitting or standing in the shade instead of direct sunlight.

Skin Checks Are Essential to Early Detection

Protecting the skin is a powerful first step but cancer prevention should also include routine skin checks. Cancer specialists advise everyone to learn the “ABC’s” of skin cancer detection. They are:

  • Asymmetry: Be aware of moles with uneven borders.
  • Border: Moles with uneven borders can be danger signs.
  • Color: Unevenly colored moles may also signal cancer.

Although deadly skin cancers are on the rise, many are both preventable and very treatable when found in the earliest stages. Prevention can be as simple as covering exposed skin and using a sunscreen outdoors. It is also important to recognize the warning signs of skin cancer and consult a doctor if any are found.