These days, it pays to be careful. Growing up, we were often allowed to play outdoors for hours on end in the hot summer sun, completely unprotected from the sun's harmful UV rays. These days, we know a lot more about the damage that direct exposure can bring and are taking measures to protect ourselves and the ones we love. For some of us, it may be too late to not get skin cancer but we can protect our skin from any further damage in the future. Learn what skin cancer symptoms to look for and check yourself frequently.
Many times, skin cancer goes undetected because the person who has it did not realize anything was wrong. Generally, the easiest way to detect skin cancer is by checking all of your moles and freckles as well as looking for any other spots on your body. If you have moles that have changed shape or size quickly, you should have this looked at.
Often times, raised red bumps will appear beside a freckle or mole or they may even appear to have developed under a mole. If you have lots of freckles and moles, this can be quite difficult to determine. However, you should always keep an eye on your body and be watching for new growths or your old marks changing shape, size or color.
Sometimes when people gain and lose weight, their skin changes and so do the marks on their bodies such as their moles or freckles expanding. Sometimes skin cancer can be detected by a spot on your body getting darker and beginning to burn or itch. This is a sign that there is something wrong. It is, of course, completely normal to get bug bites and have bumps that may itch for a short period of time but if it is persistent, you should have it checked out.
You should be on the lookout and most concerned about dark patch of skin that is surrounded by lighter brown areas.
Other skin cancer symptoms include flat bumps on your face or body, tough round lumps on your face, back and around your ears and patches of itchy, scaly skin that seem to not go away with treatment or moisturizing. Lesions on your skin and in and around the mucous membranes are typically a sign of melanoma, a form of skin cancer, as well. Always be on the lookout for changes in your skin and know your body, inside and out.
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