Most cancers have some pretty obvious signs;
lumps and bumps, tenderness, pain or sickness. But when it comes to the
symptoms of skin cancer, they aren`t always as plain to see. Skin cancer is
slow growing and often free of glaring warning signs. That can make early
But don`t worry because there
are a few things that you can keep an eye out for when it comes to skin cancer.
These indicators let you know if a trip to the doctor might be a good
In no way do these signs and
symptoms automatically mean cancer – but it`s always good to check things out
if you have suspicions.
In addition to the information
on this page, you should
get the SkinVision app here as
a supportive tool, to check the spots you worry about and receive an instant
vs. Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Before we get started, it`s
important to note that there is a distinction between melanoma and non-melanoma
skin cancer. While melanoma is the most widely known and aggressive form of
skin cancer, it`s actually the rarest type. Non-melanoma skin cancers, such as
squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, are the most common forms of
skin cancer. Melanoma begins in melanocytes cells in the deepest layer of
skin, also known as the hypodermic or subcutaneous tissue, while non-melanoma
cancers are found in the upper and middle layers of skin, called the epidermis
and dermis, respectively.
Melanoma is considered the most
dangerous form of skin cancer as it typically will spread to other areas of the
body, including organs. Non-melanoma skin cancers are generally considered less
dangerous as they are less likely to spread and can usually be treated with a
simple surgery. Both types of cancer can occur anywhere on the body but
non-melanoma skin cancers are more likely to occur on areas of the body that
are regularly exposed to the sun as opposed to more covered areas like inside
tell the difference: what`s normal?
Now that we know the different
types, how can we tell them apart on our skin? Below we`ll outline the main
signs to look for in each type of skin cancer, but the general rule of thumb
for detection follows the same principle: understand what`s normal for your
Knowing what is normal can help
you see what isn`t. Paying attention to all of the spots, moles and lesions on
your body gives you a control to compare to when you think something may be
signs and symptoms
Melanoma appears on the skin as
a new spot or growth or a change in an already existing mole.
A normal mole will be even in
color, quite small and will have appeared during the early part of your life.
Most importantly, a normal mole will arrive and stay – exactly the same. It won`t
change and it won`t evolve. That is what really makes it normal.
Nov, 15 2016