Signs of Skin Cancer

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Unlike generations past, Americans are now being encouraged to cover up while in the sun as prevention against skin cancer.  However, some individuals choose not to take this warning seriously; ultimately, they may pay the price of a diagnosis of skin cancer. 

Ironically, though, even people with skin cancer don’t necessarily know the signs of skin cancer.  Here, we’ll show you what to look for to ensure that you remain healthy… and that your skin does, too!

Irregular or “Changeable” Moles

One of the most common signs of skin cancer is a mole or freckle that appears to change shape.  It may become darker or lighter, or suddenly become larger.  Because most moles and freckles are round, an irregularly shaped one could be cause for concern, especially if it’s grown recently.

Areas That Bleed Easily

Do you have a patch of skin that’s shiny or pink and that seems unusual?  Does it bleed easily when just scratched a little?  Does it take a long time to heal?  These are all signs of skin cancer and should be immediately checked out with your physician or dermatologist.

Lumpy Areas on Skin

If you’ve noticed that areas of your skin have been becoming rough or lumpy over the past few months, you may want to call your doctor.  Such changes may be indications of the signs of skin cancer, and should never be written off as “age spots” or “anomalies.” 

Treatment and Survival Rates of Skin Cancer

If you do discover by way of these signs of skin cancer that you have cancer, you’ll be relieved to know that many cases can be 100% treated.  However, without early intervention, survival rates drastically decline.  So be on the lookout for signs of skin cancer… and never forget to wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 or higher.

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