You need to know some warning signs that will allow you to detect early-stage skin cancers. You should be aware of any bodily changes that occur, especially if your moles and other skin discolorations begin to change. By paying close attention to any changes affecting your body, you increase your chances of early, accurate detection and successful treatment.
If you find a growth on your skin that suddenly appears or changes in its size you should have it checked out by your doctor. This is especially true if it is translucent, tan, pearly, brown, black or has multiple colors. This could be one of the early signs of skin cancer and you should have it checked as quickly as possible so that you can get it treated and dealt with while it is still in the early stages.
If you notice signs of skin cancer immediately contact a physician in order to treat the condition in its earliest stages. During a self examination you should focus on areas of your skin such as moles that have been present for a long time. A warning sign of skin cancer is change in color or shape of moles and pigmentation. You should always consult a physician before self-diagnosing skin cancer.
If you have any cuts or wounds that don’t heal up, pay close attention to them. They are an important early sign of cancer. You have probably noticed if you have a cut that isn’t healing properly. Your doctor needs to see it, to determine if there is a reason to believe that it may be a sign of skin cancer.
Being aware of the signs of skin cancer is your responsibility and only you can monitor your own health. To ensure that you fight the battle against skin cancer, do everything you can to protect yourself including consulting a doctor and using sunscreen when outdoors.
Stay out of the sun during the suns strongest times between the hours of ten AM and three PM. This is the period when the most harm can be done if you are exposed to the sun without any protection.
You should learn how to protect your skin from damage, and to understand early signs of skin cancer so that you can act to protect yourself before things get too bad. Constant vigilance is required to keep your skin healthy and to prevent any problems from becoming too bad to easily treat.