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Early Detection Is Important for Skin Cancer

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. This is a good time to learn the importance of examining your skin for any signs of skin cancer. Cancer is one of the leading causes for people to apply for long-term disability benefits, so detecting cancer early is vital.

Every year there are more than 1 million cases of diagnosed skin cancer in the United States. If skin cancer is caught early, it can be treated. Studies indicate that the 5-year-survival-rate for those who are diagnosed with melanoma and are treated before the disease reaches the lymph nodes is 99%.

It is recommended that the entire body is self-examined on a routine basis in order to look for signs. Involving a partner who can examine you, along with getting regular skin screenings by your physician will also be beneficial.

The American Academy of Dermatology has devised the ABCDEs for determining characteristics of moles:

  • Asymmetry – The two sides of a mole do not match.
  • Border – The border of the mole is uneven or scalloped.
  • Color – Inconsistency in color throughout mole, including shades of tan and brown, black; sometimes white, red or blue.
  • Diameter – Moles that are the size of a pencil eraser or larger.
  • Evolving – Indicates changes in size, shape or color.

Any mole found with these characteristics should be evaluated by a dermatologist. Early detection is essential to treating any type of skin cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are disabled because of your condition or the treatment you are receiving for your condition, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits. A long-term disability representative can help you determine eligibility and the processing of your claim.

If you or someone you love has been denied disability benefits, contact the Disability Help Group. Our disability representatives have experience with cross examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Call us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.