Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, and it’s important to be proactive in knowing what it looks like. Skin cancer can be divided into two main categories: melanoma and non-melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms.
Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common form of skin cancer, and it’s usually caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. Non-melanoma skin cancer can appear as a scaly patch, a sore that won’t heal, or a lump. It can also appear as a mole that changes in size, shape, or color.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms. Melanoma can appear as a new mole or a change in an existing mole. It can also appear as a dark spot or a sore that won’t heal. It’s important to be aware of the ABCDEs of melanoma:
A – Asymmetry: One half of the mole is different from the other.
B – Border: The edges of the mole are irregular or jagged.
C – Color: The color of the mole is not uniform.
D – Diameter: The mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
E – Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor right away. Early detection is key to successful treatment of skin cancer.
It’s also important to take steps to protect yourself from skin cancer. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and wear protective clothing when you’re outside. Avoid tanning beds, and limit your time in the sun, especially during the peak hours of 10am to 4pm.
By being proactive and knowing what skin cancer looks like, you can take steps to protect yourself and catch it early if it does occur.