Even if it’s a dreary summer, skin cancer is on the rise, so protecting your skin should be the first step in your beauty routine. Although protection and prevention are your most important concerns, it is vital to pay attention to the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. Remember, every tan or burn you get this summer increases your risk of skin cancer.
5 signs of skin cancer to watch out for.
- DISEASE-FREE MENG
If your mole suddenly becomes painful, itchy, or tender, this is not a good sign and you should see a doctor.
- STAIN TRANSFER
If you have new or changed brown spots, see a board-certified dermatologist to get them checked out. It is normal to develop new brown spots until the age of 30, but after this time each new spot should be evaluated. Check if your mole looks the same on both sides, if the edges are indented, and if the mole has changed color or size.
- CONTINUOUS COVERAGE
Ulcers and sores that do not heal for more than 2 weeks are a problem. This may indicate the presence of squamous cell carcinoma. As rare as basal cell carcinoma, it can occur in younger patients, especially if they have had a history of sunburn.
- INTERESTING GAMES
Moles aren’t the only bumps you need to watch out for. If you develop new flesh-colored or pearly bumps on your skin, get it checked out. It could be basal cell carcinoma. If you notice new skin discoloration or pink bumps in sun-exposed areas, see a dermatologist.
- SKIN WITH BRANCHES
Skin cancer appears as spots on the skin. Precancerous lesions, called actinic keratosis, appear as small scaly bumps on a red or pink base that can usually be scraped off with a fingernail but return later. If left untreated, it can turn into squamous cell carcinoma. Always apply SPF and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your skin.