Body Check: What to Look for When Checking for Skin Cancer

Do you know how to look for skin cancer symptoms? Skin cancer is a disease that affects over 40 percent of Americans who live to the age of 65 – and they may get skin cancer more than once! The most common cancer in the US is skin cancer.

It is important to observe the condition of your skin from head to toe – every part of your skin, including your ears, must be examined for moles and changes in color. But, what are you looking for?

Here are the symptoms of skin cancer to look for:

  • Any changes in the shape, size or color of any mole or other growths should be evaluated by your MD.
  • Open and inflamed areas that fail to heal.
  • Melanoma is the most dangerous type of cancer to have
  • What do those symptoms look like? The melanoma skin cancer symptoms are:
  • Clusters of shiny, dark, firm bumps.
  • Areas that are larger than a pencil in size.
  • Spots with irregular borders.
  • Can be flat or elevated.
  • Changes in existing moles.

If you have basal cell carcinoma, it could show up as this symptoms:

  1. One, a peach colored, circular growth with a folded border, that could turn into a bleeding ulcer.
  2. Secondly, a soft violet circle that may be pushed in towards the center.
  3. Third, a violet, wooden-colored, or blue-like spot of skin near or located on the torso or back.
  4. Fourth, a hard, violet-colored, pimple type bump that will slowly grow.
  5. Fifth and last, a smooth place that turns into a bleeding sore which cannot heal.

Your MD should examine your suspicious sites as soon as you are aware of them. The more quickly the site sources can be correctly identified and their accompanying skin cancer symptoms, the sooner an effective plan of treatment can begin. This is especially true of melanomas as they grow quickly and can be deadly



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