Last week we discussed a few tell-tale signs for identifying the three most common types of cancer. We’ve decided this week to give you a more visual clue as to what you should look for. From the image above, the left image represents Basal Cell Carcinoma, the center image shows Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and the right-most image shows Melanoma. These images are just clues – everybody will exhibit unique signs and your skin may not have these exact features. However, they are a good way to tip yourself off to something that’s more than a mole, scab, or wart. Should you find any blemishes resembling these on your body, we strongly recommend coming in to see us for a diagnosis. Even if you feel you are not at risk, we also recommend everyone at least get an annual full body skin screening.
Millions are diagnosed with skin cancer each year and the median age is getting lower: people as young as 18 are getting diagnosed with skin cancer.
Three types of very common skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. All of these are easily treatable, although if Melanoma is not detected early enough, it could lead to serious complications.
A few telltale signs of the common skin cancers should be considered before you come in for a diagnosis, since a painful skin biopsy is the only way to guarantee a diagnosis. For Basal Cell Carcinoma, be on the lookout for raised, smooth, pearly bumps around the head, neck, or shoulder areas. It often resembles a sore, but fails to heal. For Squamous Cell Carcinoma, look for red, scaling, thickening patches of skin in sun-exposed areas. Melanoma appears as dark, either brown or black, lesions. Be observant of any moles changing size, shape, elevation, or color.