The dark side of the sun

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CLOSE TO HOME: RESPONDING TO SEXUAL ASSAULT IN OUR COMMUNITY

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The dark side of the sun

Especially in Colorado, UV rays can add up to skin cancer
Melanoma can appear in different forms, but it’s important to know how to distinguish a cancerous mole from a non-cancerous mole. This melanoma was found on someone’s neck.
Courtesy of Durango Dermatology LLC

This is an example of a person’s back affected by melanoma.
Evaluating moles

When examining moles for potential signs of cancer, the Colorado Dermatology Institute says remember your ABCDE’s.
Asymmetry. Drawing a line through a mole, the halves don’t match.
Border. The edges of early melanoma tend to be uneven.
Color. The mole has a variety of colors.
Diameter. Melanomas are usually larger than the eraser on a lead pencil.
Evolving. Any change in size, shape, color or elevation, or new symptoms such as bleeding, itching or crusting point to danger.

More information

Two American Cancer Society websites provide abundant information on the causes of skin cancer as well as other cancers. At the bottom of the pages are links to facts and statistics about cancer. The sites are:
www.cancer.org/healthy/besafeinthesun/index
www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skin-cancer-facts
Also, check out:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/prevention.htm
Colorado skin cancer facts: www.epa.gov/sunwise/doc/co_facts_web.pdf
www.skincancerprevention.org
www.skincancer.org

The dark side of the sun

Melanoma can appear in different forms, but it’s important to know how to distinguish a cancerous mole from a non-cancerous mole. This melanoma was found on someone’s neck.
Courtesy of Durango Dermatology LLC

This is an example of a person’s back affected by melanoma.
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