Skin Cancer Warning Signs
Skin Cancer Warning Signs - did you know that the most common type of cancer is skin cancer? I am sure you have heard much about skin cancer but do you know what some of the warning signs are?
In skin cancer, early detection is important because in many cases, the offending mole or lesion can be removed before the cancer is able to spread.
Here's What To Look For
- Sometimes one of the most identifiable cancer warning signs is simply having a genetic predisposition to it. Those who have a history of skin cancer in their families are 50% more likely to develop it than those who don't have a family history.
- Nearly half of people with fair skin tones, light eye color and light hair are more likely to develop skin cancer than people without those physical attributes. For this reason many people with extremely fair complexions tend to shy away from the sun to avoid the potential for skin cancer.
If you fall into this category, take extra precautions when you are in the sun, and never forfeit wearing sunscreen. Protect yourself with everything available to you which would include using sunscreen as well as topical Vitamin C products.
- Any type of skin growth or mole that appears on the body should be closely watched for changes in color and texture. If a preexisting spot such as a mole or birthmark starts to change size, and the edges becomes uneven, you should be examined by a health care professional.
Also, any type of mysterious spot that appears on your skin after the age of 21 may also be a skin cancer warning sign. Early signs can be a mole or mark that never seems to heal, or that scabs over, only to bleed again. Keep a close eye on any moles or beauty marks that are larger than 6mm.
What Are The ABCDE's Of Skin Cancer?
- An easy way to know what to look for when trying to identify a cancerous mole or sore is to use the first five letters of the alphabet.
The ABCDE's of skin cancer help people to understand what types of skin cancer warning signs they should be searching for so they can catch the problem before it develops into a very serious issue.
- A is for asymmetry: if a mole has even edges, there is a good chance that it isn't cancerous.
- B is for border: bumpy and uneven borders on moles and spots may be a sign of cancer.
- C is for color: any mole that changes color may be a possible problem. Whether it changes from light to dark or from dark to light, this should not be a normal occurrence in a mole
- D is for diameter: moles and spots that are larger than 5-6mm in size (about the size of a pencil eraser) could be a sign of skin cancer.
- E is for elevation: if a mole is raised above the surface of the skin and the top of the mole is uneven or bumpy, it should be examined by a doctor. In some cases, "E" can also stand for evolution, which basically means that if a mole has changed in the time that you've had it, there is a good chance it is skin cancer.
Self Examination Wards Off Serious Skin Cancer
- Self-skin cancer examinations should be performed about once a month. The more familiar you are with moles and spots that are already on your body, the easier it will be to identify changes and variations.
And since the appearance of new moles and sores are one of the skin cancer warning signs, these monthly self examinations will also help you to be able to recognize new spots. It is important to realize the skin cancer warning signs are not all the same, and can vary in different people. They can also appear on any part of the body.
- Having a lot of freckles or moles can put you at risk for developing skin cancer because sometimes these spots can morph into skin cancer. If you feel that you have any of the skin cancer warning signs mentioned here, don't delay in calling your doctor or dermatologist and having the area examined.
- Of course one of the easiest ways to prevent skin cancer is by prevention. Don't spend too much time in the sun, and definitely never go out in the sun without wearing sunscreen.
The sun is a very powerful source of energy that is capable of causing severe damage to the human body. Although we shouldn't be afraid of the sun, we should definitely be educated on its power and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves 365 days a year.
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