A- Asymmetry: if you draw a line through the mole, the two halves won't match.
B- Border: the borders of early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.
C- Color: having a variety of colors in your mole is another warning sign. Some moles may have tan, brown, and black in them. A melanoma could also have blue, red, or another color in it.
D- Diameter: melanomas are usually larger then the diameter of the eraser on a pencil. Depending on when they're detected, they may also be smaller.
E- Evolving: any change in shape, size, color, or any other characteristic including bleeding, itching, crusting, not healing, etc. is also dangerous.
Check out images of the ABCDE's of a skin check HERE.
As for sunscreen- yes, many of them contain all kinds of toxic shit. But, that's why I'm here as your sensitive guide. I'm going to sensitively advise all of you not to purchase sunscreen sprays for more than one reason. 1: It's at the top of EWG's 2013 sunscreen avoid list due to inhalation risks. 2: You'd be the asshole who has decided to park it in front of me on the beach and start spraying when the wind blows in my direction, contaminating my sensitive bubble, which I work so hard to protect. 3: Even the FDA expressed concerns about the health risks of spray screens, and let's be real- the FDA is fucking incompetent so that says something.
EWG~ What NOT to bring on vacation:
Super high SPFS (like SPF 100)
Loose powder sunscreens
Combined SPF and bug repellent products
Find out why HERE
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"Melanoma ." The Skin Cancer Foundation. N.p., 2013. Web. 9 Aug. 2013. <http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma>.