COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer were reported in 2010. However, skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer.
Dr. Paula Walker from Columbus State University tells us how we can take precautions against sun damage and skin cancer.
The sun is the number one cause of skin cancer. Skin cancer usually manifests itself first as small moles, which are typically benign skin growths. However, moles can take a cancerous form.
Early warning signs of skin cancer include a newly developed mole, an asymmetrical or an atypical mole. Moles that shrink, grow, change color, itch or bleed should also be examined by a medical professional.
Having a sun burn earlier in life increases ones chance of developing skin cancer later in life.
Skin cancer can be treated with surgery.
Watch the video for more details.