Over five million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Almost half of Americans that reach the age of 65 will be diagnosed with at least one instance of skin cancer. Knowing the early warning signs of skin cancer can alert you quickly, improving your chance of effective treatment. Here are the top three skin cancer warning signs that you should be aware of for early detection.
Moles are a normal skin formation and are not a sign of skin cancer. However, changes in moles can be an early warning sign. When moles change color, shape, size or texture, it can be a cause for concern. Abnormal moles should be evaluated by a dermatologist to determine whether they could contain cancerous cells and may need removal.
Irregular Skin Formations
Not all skin cancer starts with an abnormal mole. Skin formations, especially larger or asymmetrical spots, can be a sign of skin cancer. There are amelanotic melanomas that do not have the darker color that is usually associated with skin cancer. They may be light pink or barely colored, yet still have an irregular border and changing size or shape.
Sores that Don’t Heal
Do you have a bump or sore that doesn’t seem to heal? While there are bumps on the skin that are benign and a normal skin occurrence, those that continue to grow larger or are irregular in shape should be examined by a dermatologist.
You should be checking your body from head to toe monthly for changes in your skin. If you notice any of these warning signs, schedule a visit to your local dermatologist for an exam.
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Olansky Dermatology Associates
Peachtree Lenox Building
3379 Peachtree Road #500
Atlanta, GA 30326
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