Other ways to catch skin cancer
Still, this futuristic AI isn't the only way to protect your body from skin cancer. Even swarthy, sun-kissed Australian gentlemen like Hugh Jackman can get skin cancer. You should definitely see a dermatologist at least once a year and get checked. Additionally, here are a couple other methods approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation that can help you catch any problems early on your own.
The ABCDEs: Is your mole benign or malignant? Look at these criteria:
- Asymmetry: Benign moles are usually not symmetrical.
- Border: Benign moles usually have a border around them.
- Color: Benign moles usually have a single color, not discoloration.
- Diameter: Benign moles usually have a smaller diameter than malignant ones.
- Evolving: Benign moles usually stay about the same and do not evolve or change much.
If your mole fails any of these tests, get it checked by a dermatologist.
The Ugly Duckling Sign: Is the mole an outlier? Developed to complement the ABCDEs in 1998, this basically asks whether a given mole is an outlier in a group. Basically, if a large or changing or discolored mole is surrounded by moles that look different, it might be malignant and should be removed and biopsied.
Check yourself every month
That's how often dermatologists recommend you give yourself a thorough, head-to-toe once-over. The Skin Cancer Foundation has a good guide to giving your body a step-by-step examination.