May has been designated as National Melanoma Month. Melanoma Monday (May 1st this year), as it has become known, aims to raise awareness about melanoma. Since melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, it is important that people know the warning signs. While there are many types of skin cancer, melanoma accounts for 75% of all skin cancer deaths.
Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of melanoma is beneficial, especially since the condition is increasing in people under age 40. It is always optimal to attack the problem before it worsens or spreads, so it is best to continually examine moles or skin spots that you may have on your body. This is why you should know the ABCDEs of the condition.
A is for Asymmetry
If you imagine a line that divides your mole in half, are both sides equal? If they are not, then the mole is considered asymmetrical and you should seek medical advice.
B is for Border
If the border or edge of the mole looks uneven then you may want to consult a medical professional.
C is for Color
Moles tend to be one uniform color. If there are several colors or shades in a mole, this could be an indication of melanoma.
D is for Diameter
Diameter is the length of the entire mole. Melanomas typically have a diameter of 1/4inch (6mm), so keep an eye on the size of your mole(s) to detect melanoma early.
E is for Evolving
It is best you keep track of your mole(s) to make sure that the size, shape, and color are the same. If there is any difference, such as itching, bleeding, or puss from the mole, then it could indicate that the mole is malignant.
There are natural remedies that can help those who have melanoma. The following remedies may help to improve the condition, but it depends on the severity and the person.
Remove Toxins From Your Diet
It is imperative to your health, if you have melanoma or any type of cancer, to remove any sort of toxic foods from your diet. It is beneficial to avoid processed foods, acidic foods, soy products, refined sugars, meats, meat products, hydrogenated oils, fast food, and junk food. Try to focus on eating plant-based foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. These foods can help supply the body with the essential nutrients that it needs, and they also help to keep the body alkaline. Having an alkaline body with balanced pH levels can help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
You may not know this, but eggplant is surprisingly beneficial for treating the affected cells in melanoma. There are phytonutrients, glycosides, and glycoalkaloids in eggplants that can help destroy cancer cells without harming the other cells in the body. Mash eggplant into a paste and apply it to the affected spots. You can enhance the healing properties by mixing in a little raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the eggplant.
It is beneficial for those with melanoma to consume essiac tea. This tea is a mixture of the following herbs: burdock root, slippery elm bark, sheep sorrel, and Indian rhubarb root. Together, all of these herbs can aid in reducing tumor growth, help relieve pain, and they help to boost the immune system. The best thing about this tea is that it helps to reduce inflammation while also repairing cells.
Turmeric has been known to be a natural cancer remedy. Studies have indicated that curcumin, the active healing ingredient in turmeric, can help prevent cancer cell growth. Turmeric has been most effective for people with colon, breast, bowel, and skin cancers.