Skin cancer is a serious disease that can affect anyone. It is the most common form of cancer. If caught early, skin cancer can often be treated with success. But in some cases, it is life-threatening. To play it safe, start doing monthly skin checkups. If you see any changes in your skin, contact your doctor right away. Read on to learn more.
Basal Cell Cancer
Basal Cell Carcinoma: What it Looks Like
Basal cell cancer is the most common skin cancer. Lesions often appear on the face, ears, neck, trunk, or arms. Varying in color, these lesions may be waxy, pearly, scaly, or scarlike. Tiny blood vessels may be seen through the lesion’s surface.
Melanoma: What it Looks Like
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. A melanoma lesion’s borders are often poorly defined. It may be mixed in color. The shape and size of melanoma lesions tend to differ from one side to the other.
Squamous Cell Cancer
Squamous Cell Carcinoma: What it Looks Like
Squamous cell cancer is also a common type of skin cancer. Lesions often form on the face (commonly on the lips), ears, neck, hands, or arms. The lesions are firm, red bumps or flat, scaly, crusty growths. Bowen’s disease is an early stage of squamous cell cancer. The lesions are red, crusty, scaly growths with well-defined borders.
Who’s at Risk?
Relaxing in the sun may feel good. But it isn’t good for your skin. In fact, being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays is a major cause of skin cancer. This is a serious disease that can be life-threatening. People of all ages and backgrounds are at risk. But in most cases, skin cancer can be prevented.
Your Role in Prevention
You can act today to help prevent skin cancer. Start by avoiding the sun’s UV (ultraviolet) rays, including artificial sources, which are no safer. Taking these steps can help keep you from getting skin cancer. It can also help prevent wrinkles and other sun-induced aging effects. Make sure your children follow these safeguards, too. Now is the time to start taking preventive steps against skin cancer.
When You Are Outdoors
Protect your skin when you go outdoors during the day. Take precautions whenever you go out to eat, run errands by car or on foot, or do any outdoor activity. There isn’t just one easy way to protect your skin. It’s best to follow all of these steps:
Tips for Using Sunscreen
To help prevent skin cancer, choose the right sunscreen and use it correctly. Try the following tips:
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