Symptoms of Melanoma
The ABCDE method can help you identify if the characteristics of unusual moles may indicate melanoma.
A is for asymmetry: Moles with an irregular shape, or two very different looking halves.
B is for irregular border: The mole is irregular, notched or has scalloped borders.
C is for changes in color: The mole may have several colors or uneven color distribution, resulting in dark spots.
D is for diameter: The spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
E is for evolving: The mole shows signs of growth in size, shape or texture, and shows new symptoms like itchiness or bleeding.
Treatment for melanoma can differ depending on the stage of cancer, but surgery, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy are among some of the most common approaches.
Tips for Safe Manicures
While you might think the best decision is to avoid gel manicures altogether and switch to regular nail polish, you might want to think again.
A study testing toxic chemicals in 24 women found that 100 percent of the participants showed signs of triphenyl phosphate 10 hours after applying nail polish. The study is disturbing since triphenyl phosphate is known to disrupt the human endocrine system, which controls hormones, and can also pose serious health risks. Consider using non-toxic nail polish brands like Zoya, Suncoat and Honeybee Gardens whenever possible. Of course, there is always the option of going polish-free and buffering your nails.
Do UV rays cause cancer? Yes. However, there is still a lot of ground to cover when it comes to testing the safety of nail lamps, as there is no exact data confirming a link to cancer. But as the old saying goes, “too much of anything is bad” and perhaps taking the occasional break from gel manicures might be good for you in the long run.