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Spotting Skin Cancer

There are various types of skin cancer, and there are also ways on how to spot the sign and symptoms of skin cancer, even the deadliest one called Melanoma.

Melanoma

Melanoma usually develops in moles or dark spots of the skin. But it can also occur in normal skin. For you to know if your moles are cancerous or not, Try to examine it with these ABCD’s.

Asymmetry. This means your mole is not even, so check the other half of the mole if it is the same as the other side.

Borden irregularity. Observe the edges of your moles if they are blurred, ragged, and irregular. Also examine the pigment that spreads through your skin.

Color. The usual color of the moles are black, brown and tan, but there might shades of blue, white, pink and gray.

Diameter. Melanoma is larger than the size of a pencil eraser. But in earlier signs, melanoma can be just small. Also, if your moles bleeds, or shows some bumps, oozing, itchiness and other things that are unusual to seen in a normal mole, consult your doctor immediately.

Remember, do not expose your skin to too much sunlight or UV rays as this can trigger skin problems that will lead to cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

This type of skin cancer develops in the basal cells. Basal cells are the ones who replace old ones that are dead already. Basal cell carcinoma shows a transparent kind of bump that has a whitish to pinkish shade. In years, this might grow slowly and in the long process, it can cause bleeding and can rarely affect other internal organs. But you don’t have to worry because basal cell carcinoma is not in the list of deadliest skin cancers. If the treatment can be applied earlier you can prevent it, from becoming worse.

Squamous cell carcinoma ( SCC )

This is one of the most common types of skin cancer. This is usually develops in part of the body that are always exposed to the UV rays or sunlight. Ears, head, neck, chest, lips, and arm are the common areas where squamous cell carcinoma can be found. This skin cancer can grow slowly but needs to be treated before it can lead to more serious problems.