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.