Find Skin Cancer Early: Know Your ABCDEs [Infographic]

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With an estimated 8,500 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the U.S. every day, it is important that you not only protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays, but also regularly check your skin for anything out of the ordinary. While freckles and moles are often harmless, it is important to perform regular self-exams and follow the ABCDEs (asymmetry, border, color, diameter, evolution) to determine if a mark could be something more serious. If any spots seem unusual, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

What exactly do these ABCDEs mean? Protect yourself and check out the infographic below:

ABCDE infographic

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