Donate to Moles and Melanoma Research, Patient Care and Education

Moles are clusters of cells that are often dark brown. While most moles are benign, others can become cancerous. The American Cancer Society forecasts that “About 96,480 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2019, and about 7,230 people are expected to die of melanoma this year.” Given these stark realities, it is imperative that people perform frequent self-exams of their skin and receive an annual skin examination from a physician.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help the dedicated dermatologists at Northwestern Medicine to continue to provide the highest quality of diagnostic and treatment services for patients who are at risk of developing, or who have developed, melanoma.

Mole and melanoma education is very important, and it emphasizes the importance of skin checks using the “ABCDE” guide. The guide is as follows:

  • A stands for asymmetrical shape.
  • B is for a border. Moles with borders that are not smooth are more likely to be cancerous.
  • C is for color. Look for moles with uneven color or changes in color.
  • D stands for diameter. Most cancerous moles are larger than ¼ inch (the size of a pencil eraser), although not all large moles are cancerous.
  • E is for evolving. Look for moles that change in size or color, or become itchy and painful.

Dermatologists are able to identify a concerning mole or growth, and can easily take a sample of the growth for biopsy purposes. If melanoma is found, various treatment options–such as surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy–are available. The first line of defense against melanoma, however, is prevention. Physicians recommend that every person apply sunscreen liberally and frequently every day–even on overcast days–before going outside.

Moles and Melanoma Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help Northwestern Medicine’s expert dermatologists to continue to educate, care for and support their patients in the most comprehensive manner. Through your generosity, you will touch the lives of many people affected not only by melanoma, but also by other skin conditions and concerns.  

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