With all information that is readily available to us about skin cancer, protecting yourself has been made a little easier. Choosing the right sunscreen, drinking plenty of water and even watching the amount of time you spend in the sun, make all the difference.
What happens when you are lying on the beach one day and notice a brown spot that you haven’t seen before? Do you worry that it may be more than a mole? Nothing short of going to the doctor can tell for sure, but knowing what to look for can make you feel a little less stressed.
A benign mole can show up anywhere, anytime and in any shape. They are usually brown and can be whatever shape they choose. If you notice one of these on your body, keep an eye on it to see if it changes color or anything of that nature.
The most common form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma and is easy to cure if treated quickly. Some cases are resistant to treatment if left to go for too long. It is found in areas that are exposed to the sun such as your face, scalp, ears and neck. Sunscreen on these areas is vital to keep them protected. In the early stages it has a pearly sheen. It will be pink in the middle and pearly around the edges. Look for raised edges and an indentation. If it seems like a pesky pimple that won’t go away then see your doctor.
The second most common type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. It is also an aggressive cancer. It destroys the surrounding tissue and can cause disfigurement. If you catch it early enough then it may not be that serious. This is found usually on the rim of your ear, the scalp and other sun-exposed areas.
Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers. It is black and irregularlyÂ formed. Be sure to check your body everyday to see if there is anything different about your skin. The best prevention is practicing good protection and staying out of the sun for long periods of time.