In this edition of Healthy Living, YNN's Marcie Fraser shows you the severity sun exposure can have on your skin.
The rates of melanoma are highest in people over the age of 80, but it's not uncommon to effect younger people, in fact younger than 30.
Dermatologist Dr. Neal Gregory says, "Melanoma is the most aggressive and dangerous of all skin cancers."
"I am very concerned I mean I know I have a lot of sun over the years," said patient Brian Brill.
Melanoma is directly related to sun exposure and if left untreated; deadly. "Melanoma arrives either from a mole or another pigment in skin lesion," the doctor went on to say.
Melanoma runs in families and if you find one, you are likely to find more. Cancer is being found earlier thanks to Melafind, an advanced technology using computer vision that examines what is happening not only on top of a lesion but underneath.
Dr. Neal Gregory also noted, "It may look relatively round on the surface, it's like an iceberg and may be much bigger and much more irregular under the skin."
It works like this, the moles are scanned, each one is given a score, if the score is over one, it's considered highly disorganized which means there is a good chance its cancer.
Brian Brill is concerned about five moles on his back and the results? It wasn't good news.
Brill was made aware that most that the moles on his back all had scored over one.
Brain will have several of his moles biopsied. Monitoring moles can be life saving, look for moles that aren't symmetrical, borders that are irregular and changes in the color.
"This raises my concern and awareness for all the moles in my body," Brill said.
If you are even slightly concerned about a mole, see your dermatologist.