Skin cancer is by far the most common of all cancers. It affects more than two million Americans each year, and that number appears to be on the incline. However, the good news about skin cancer is that it’s relatively easy to cure. Most skin cancers that are detected early and removed are completely treatable and won’t affect a person’s quality of life in a major way. Because early detection is key to treatability, it’s important to know and recognize the warning signs and symptoms associated with skin cancer. Keep reading to find out how to protect yourself and detect the presence of skin abnormalities.
Spotting Skin Cancer
- A skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored
- A mole, birthmark, beauty mark, or any brown spot that changes in color, size, thickness, or texture or is irregular in outline
- Any spot that is bigger than a pencil eraser
- A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed
- An open sore that does not heal within three weeks