Early detection can save your skin!

It is very important to get familiar with your skin by performing self-examinations on a routine basis. Monthly if you feel that you may be at risk, i.e.. fair skinned, lots of sunlight exposure. By detecting changes in your moles early on, or finding new areas or spots, you can greatly increase the odds of a good outcome if you should develop a skin cancer such as basal cell.

Being able to tell the doctor exactly when something first appeared and all the changes between then and now is a great aid in getting a proper diagnosis.

Not all changes in your skin will be a skin cancer, but you should see your doctor if you notice changes. If you really feel that you are at a high vulnerability, have had it before, runs in the family or extreme exposure, do what I do. Go and see the skin cancer specialist every six months.

What to look for:

  • a red patch or irritated area
  • a smooth, shiny and waxy looking bump
  • a smooth reddish brown growth
  • an open sore that won't heal, sometimes bleeds or oozes

How To Check Yourself For Skin Cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma Pictures

May have a central depression with rolled borders.
Small, reddish/brownish papule, often with telangiectatic blood vessels.
A lump that bleeds or develops a crust may indicate skin cancer.
Skin cancer can appear as a firm, red lump
A flat red spot that is rough, dry or scaly may indicate skin cancer.
A flat, red spot that has become rough, dry and scaly may indicate skin cancer.
Skin cancer may appear as a small, smooth, shiny, pale, waxy lump.

If the doctor see's something he doesn't like, he will probably remove a specimen for biopsy, either by scraping off a small part or using a punch to remove a small core sample. When the results are returned, if it is a skin cancer, the doctor will explain the treatment options.

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