If you thought your perfect life can never be disrupted, think again! People are so self-involved that they often overlook minor signs that are trying to warn them of something big. If you have no idea what we are talking about, keep reading. You will get the gist soon enough. Is there any open wound on your body that is not healing? Are there tiny “spots” on your body that are steadily growing in size? Did you know that if moles around your body start changing color it could be an indication of cancer? Pay attention! These signs are trying to tell you something. Here are 5 warning signs of skin cancer that you cannot afford to overlook.
Watch Out for Changes in Skin
Examine your body; do you notice anything unusual? Changes might be subtle, but still noticeable. Don’t be under the impression that the symptoms will be visible only on your skin. They can be anywhere – from your scalp, between your toes, under your tongue or even on your genitalia. It will look like tiny bumps, but unlike pimples, it will not fade away in a few days. This should ring the first warning bell.
Changes in Moles
Moles or birthmarks on your body will change. The changes can either occur in shape, size or texture of the mole. If the outline of the mole is anything bigger than 6 millimeters, you need to consult a doctor immediately. Also, be wary of moles that pop out suddenly after the age of 21. Keep a close eye on the changes that are taking over your body, be it internal or external.
Changes in Sensation
Take a note of any freckles or moles on your body that feel tender, painful or just itchy. If the sensation lasts for only a few minutes, you need not worry about anything. But if it persists, it is better to seek consultation with dermatologists.
Know What Melanoma Is?
There are two types of skin cancer, melanoma cancer and non-melanoma cancer. Melanoma cancer occurs due to melanocytes in the body, a cell that is majorly responsible for our skin color. Melanoma accounts for 5% of skin cancer cases and it is the fatal type. The symptoms of melanoma are divided in “ABCDE” criteria.
A is for asymmetry – When one side of the mole does not match with the other.
B is for border – A spot with irregular or blurred border.
C is for coloring – When the color of your mole changes.
D is for diameter – When a spot spreads in size and crosses over 6mm.
E is for evolution – When you find the spot constantly changing in color, size and shape.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
This is yet another form of skin cancer that usually affects people over the age of 50. Initially, red spots are seen appearing on the skin, which overtime develops into wounds. The red, scaly spots will easily bleed or crust. If left untreated, the sore will grow and spread to other skin surfaces.
If detected at an early stage, it is possible to rectify skin cancer. So don’t ignore the warning signs of your body.