Why you should protect your skin from the sun year-round

KYW Staff
October 14, 2019 - 5:00 pm
Using sunscreen in the cold.

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Most of us don't think about protection from the sun as we head into the fall season, but skin damage and risk of skin cancer can occur any time of year. 

Malignant melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and the best chance you have to defeat it is to detect it early. 

To measure this, just remember A-B-C-D.

A stands for asymmetrical. We worry about moles that are not round, but we also worry about irregular borders, which is the B. 

C stands for color. You should be concerned about moles that have several different colors or change in color. 

Finally, D stands for diameter. If the mole is bigger than an eraser head, that's a concern.