Local doctors are seeing more cases of skins cancer

Seasonal sun exposure can make you susceptible to skins cancers.

How do you know if you have skin cancer? Mayo Clinic recommend using the ‘ABCDE’s of Melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer, when checking your moles.

“A” is for “asymmetry”.

“B” is for “border”. An uneven border can be a warning sign.

“C” is for “color”. Unusually or darkly colored moles might be cancerous.

“D” is for “diameter”. Anything larger than a pencil eraser can be dangerous.

And “E” is for “evolving”.

Onalaska Mayo Clinic Physician Assistant Mary Duh said, “We are seeing more and more skins cancers. We don’t know if that’s a combination of people becoming more aware of them and knowing what to look out for and coming in early enough or if it’s just that were seeing more of them. I think it’s a combination of the two. But yes, it’s very likely that there are a lot of people who have skin cancer out there and don’t realize it.”

Other forms of skin cancer, basal cell and squamous cell, are less dangerous than melanoma. They tend to look like a scab or a sore.

And of course, make sure to use plenty of SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.