Knowing how to spot the signs of skin cancer can help people halt the spread of the disease and even cure it in some cases. Although skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, its detection is comparatively easy because of the external nature of the disease.
Most people have small skin blemishes and moles that are normal and pose no threat. Individuals should, however, stay familiar with how their moles and skin growths look and feel because changes in their condition could be signs of skin cancer.
The following conditions are warning signs that skin cancer may be developing.
- A sore on the skin that does not heal is reason for concern. Sores on skin areas that endure a lot of movement like elbow and knee skin may take longer to heal, but they will still heal. An inability to heal is a sign of skin disease.
- Changes in color, size, or shape of a pre-existing mole, growth, or bump on the skin are warnings that something different is going on in the skin cells.
- The spread of pigmentation from a skin growth could be a sign that cancer is developing in the skin.
- New growths from the skin are considered worrisome, especially if red or crusty.
- Itchiness, irritation, tenderness, and outright pain on patches of skin that cannot be explained by an external source like poison ivy should not be ignored.
- Bumps, skin nodules, and moles that begin to ooze discharge or bleed are associated with skin cancer.
- Growths that have an asymmetrical shape are a clear warning that often means the cancer could be melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
- Similar to asymmetry is the appearance of a ragged border on a growth.
If one or more of the above signs are present, a person needs to consult with a medical professional as soon as possible. A dermatologist can determine the potential dangers of a suspicious growth and recommend treatment.
Often problem areas can be removed before the cancer has spread to other body systems. Melanoma is especially capable of invading the rest of the bod with cancer and even causing death.
Generally skin cancer can be managed successfully when skin lesions are removed and treated before the problem becomes severe.