Signs of Skin Cancer You Shouldn't Ignore

Signs of Skin Cancer You Shouldn't Ignore




Melanoma is a lethal form of skin cancer. It is usually pigmented and will resemble a mole. The American Academy of Dermatology uses the acronym ABCDE to recognize a melanoma. If you notice a new mole or an old mole that looks different, please check for the following signs:

1. Asymmetry: It is asymmetrical if there is a lack of equality or lopsided when cutting down the middle.


2. Border: The border should usually be smooth in an ordinary mole. Consider it a warning sign if it is Irregular, scalloped, crooked or rag bordered.


3. Color: If the mole has different colors instead of one, then there is something questionable.


4. Diameter: Melanoma is found mostly in large moles. If the mole is larger than 6 mm, then it needs observation.


5. Evolution: Any change in an existing mole is something that needs attention. That includes a change in size, shape, color, or if the mole bleeds without being provoked.


Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)


Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most prevalent skin cancer; SCC is the second most common. Hence, watch over attentively for:

1. A red scaly patch: Presence of unresolved itchy red spot over the use of moisturizer is most likely SCC. SCC might itch, but not always. It can be easily confused for eczema.


2. A bump that will not stop bleeding: A common sign of BCC is that it looks like a little bump or a pimple that begins to ulcerate, continually bleeds, heals, and splits open again. Rarely, it could also be SCC.


3. A shiny bump: This nodule is usually pink, red, or white, but can also be tan, black, or brown and look like a regular mole.


4. A pink growth: The border will likely be slightly raised with an indented center. It maybe even crusty.


5. A scar-like spot would be a sign of an aggressive form of BCC. When one notices a white or yellow scar-like spot that appears shiny, then it is a must to visit dermatologist without delay.


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