How do you find out if you have skin cancer?

How do you find out if you have skin cancer?

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 detection tricky.

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 idea. 

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 risk indication.

Melanoma 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 your mouth.

How to 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 skin.

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 changing.

Melanoma 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