During the month of May, which is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, many people take the time to familiarize themselves with the disease’s signs and symptoms. The American Academy of Dermatology is running a campaign this year with a simple and direct phrase stating, “Check your partner. Check yourself.” It is important to recognize the signs of skin cancer in order to identify it quickly and therefore, prevent progression of the cancer.
How do you know if you have skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. Some factors, such as age, race, and geographic location, indicate if you have a greater chance of developing it. The more you are exposed to ultraviolet radiation, the greater your risk is for developing this deadly disease. Fair-skinned men and women are more prone to skin cancer because they have less melanin, the dark pigment in the skin. Men over the age of 50 are more likely to develop skin cancer, as well as those who frequent tanning beds or beaches. If any of these factors apply to you or a loved one, take a moment to learn where and what to look for.
Where should you look for signs of skin cancer?
Usually, skin cancer will first be visible on your hand, foot, back, or chest. Skin lesions may also develop in more obscure parts of your body, such as your genitals, nostrils, mouth, scalp, and even behind your ears.
What are the signs of skin cancer?
Skin Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to educate yourself on this disease. Every two to three months, starting at your head and continuing down to your toes, check for new moles or spots. Inspect existing moles, keeping an eye out for any changes. If you discover a strange spot or mole, please contact us for a consultation. We are here to help you with identifying and treating this condition.