Melanoma Skin Cancer
Dr Oz’s Cancer Guide included segments about Pancreatic Cancer, Liver Cancer, Esophageal Cancer and even Brain Cancer. The show also discussed Melanoma, a form of Skin Cancer. Learn how the 10 Second Melanoma Pencil Test could help you see whether you should be worried about your Melanoma risk.
The pencil test can give you a quick diagnosis. Dr Oz said that about 70,000 people just in the US are diagnosed with Melanoma annually. Dr Ellen Marmur joined Dr Oz to talk about this type of cancer and how it can affect you.
Dr Oz: Skin Cancer Risk Assessment
Here are two risk factors that could increase your chances of getting Melanoma or Skin Cancer.
People with light hair or eyes are at higher risk. That’s because they naturally have less melanin in their bodies, which protects your DNA. But the experts warned that dark skin or eyes doesn’t give you a free pass from Skin Cancer.
Do you recall having serious or frequent Sunburns as a child? This is another major risk factor, and that’s why it’s very important for parents to protect kids when they go out in the sun. Learn more about Sunscreen Guidelines.
Dr Oz: 10 Second Melanoma Pencil Test
There is a 10 second test you can do using a pencil to gauge your risk for Skin Cancer, using only a pencil. It’s easy to administer just by following the letters A, B, C, D and E.
- A – Asymmetrical: Is the mole asymmetrical? Hopefully not, but you can use your pencil eraser for a quick comparison. The pencil eraser is symmetrical.
- B – Border: Is your mole border defined? Hopefully there are no fuzzy edges.
- C – Color: You want a healthy mole to be a consistent shade of brown.
- D – Diameter: How big is your mole? Can you cover it with the eraser of your pencil? If not, you will want to ask your doctor about it.
- E – Examine: Every year, maybe on your birthday, do a full physical examination to look for moles.
If you have any cause for concern after this home test, try taking a photo of your mole about once a month. Compare three months of photos to determine whether your mole is changing. If it is, don’t wait to call your dermatologist.
Melanoma Research Alliance: Skin Cancer Research
Dr Oz profiled charities working to end the types of cancer he discussed on the show. He spoke in this segment about the Melanoma Research Alliance.