Find the Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer Earlier
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer often show up on your leg and face, but those moles can also appear between your toes. Skin cancer is divided into two groups: non-melanoma and melanoma. Non-melanomas are more common and less dangerous than melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that affects approximately 5% of people diagnosed with skin cancer. Melanoma is also attributed to over 75% of all skin cancer deaths each year.
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer can vary depending on the type of skin cancer in question. But if you notice any of the following signs and symptoms of skin cancer, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor. Some of the signs of skin cancer are:
* Mole with an irregular border
* Waxy-looking, raised bump — especially on your face or neck
* Persistent, scaly patch of skin not soothed by lotion
* Mole that changes in size or begins to bleed
* Hard, red bumps on your face, neck, arms, or hands
* Some of the symptoms of skin cancer are:
* A small lump (spot or mole) that is shiny, waxy, pale in color, and smooth in texture.
* A red lump (spot or mole) that is firm
* Rough and scaly patches on the skin.
* Flat scaly areas of the skin that are red or brown.
* Any new growth that is suspicious
These signs and symptoms of skin cancer can be found just about anywhere on the body, but is most often spotted on sun exposed areas — the scalp, neck, face, lips, ears, arms, hands, and legs. It can also show up in strange places, like in between your toes, underneath your nails, and even around your genitals. Certain types of skin cancers can also occur in your mouth or on your eyelids.
When doing a self examination to find out the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, it is helpful to know the ABC’s of skin cancer. The ABC’s stand for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Elevation. If bleeding or oozing comes from a mole or spot, it is imperative that it be examined by a physician. This is often indicative of advanced melanoma and needs to be evaluated. Minor surface care readily treatable by simple surgery, but if the cancer is allowed to grow, it can penetrate through the layers of skin and affect the lymphatic system. It may also spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). The disease which are aggressive, recurrent or located upon ‘high risk sites’ of the body such as the central face, scalp, ears, or genitalia, may require more advanced surgical approaches. Like any kind of cancer, it is best to find as early as possible of the signs and symptoms of skin cancer.