Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer

It is important to get to know signs and symptoms of Skin Cancer. This is so because the American Cancer Society (ACS) and National Institute of Cancer state that one million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the United States are considered to be sun-related. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.

Specific signs and symptoms of skin cancer

Skin cancer signs and symptoms can be found early. Information and education and also asking your doctor is vital in finding skin cancer.

The following signs and symptoms of skin cancer should be reported to your doctor.

  • the spread of pigmentation beyond its border such as dark coloring that spreads past the edge of a mole or mark
  • a change in sensation, itchiness, tenderness, or pain
  • any change on the skin, especially in the size or color of a mole or other darkly pigmented growth or spot, or a new growth
  • Oozing, bleeding, or change in the appearance of a bump or nodule.

Preventing Skin Cancer

According to the ACS, find below some ways to lower the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer:-

  • Avoid the sun when it is overhead.
  • Cover your head with a wide-brimmed hat, shading your face, ears, and neck.
  • Sunglasses: Wear sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption to provide optimal protection for the eyes and the surrounding skin.
  • Cover up. Guard as much of your skin as possible when out in the sun.
  • Use sunscreen and lip balm alot.
  • Protect your skin even on cloudy or overcast days. UV rays travel through clouds.
  • Avoid other artificial sources of UV light. Tanning beds and sun lamps are dangerous because they can damage your skin.
  • Seek a shade: Look for shade always and more so especially in when the sun's rays are strongest.