Jimmy Fallon Has Mole Removed on 'The Dr. Oz Show'
Fallon's prompt care of a suspicious-looking mole is a healthy skin-cancer prevention lesson for everyone.
By Sharon Tanenbaum
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Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011- Are you skin-smart like Jimmy Fallon? The late-night television host was worried about a suspicious mole on his left hand, so he asked his friend and neighbor Mehmet Oz, host of “The Doctor Oz Show” to examine it. After a biopsy determined it wasn’t cancerous, Oz invited Fallon onto his show to have it removed on camera in front of a live audience.
Most diagnoses of skin cancer — the most common type of cancer in the U.S. — come from a self exam, so Fallon was savvy to get his abnormal mole examined right away. Melissa Piliang, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, told EverydayHealth.com that people should do self-examinations of their skin about once every month, and to see a doctor for a head-to-toe exam every year or two. If you have a history of skin cancer, you should see your doctor even more frequently.
How to Check Yourself for Skin Cancer
When you check your skin, use the following ABCDE acronym to spot abnormalities that warrant further examination from a doctor.
- A for asymmetry
- B for irregular border
- C for varied or multiple colors
- D for large diameter: Larger than that of a pencil eraser
- E for evolving: Size, shape, or color changes over time
Also pay attention to any new moles that you’ve never seen before or any that irritate you (they’re itchy, bleeding, etc.) And check out this slideshow to see what different kinds of skin cancer look like.
If something seems worrisome, see your doctor for a full skin exam as soon as possible. He may perform a biopsy to remove it, just as Fallon had. Even if the biopsy comes back normal (non-cancerous), your doctor may advise having the mole removed anyway as a precaution.
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