How to detect skin cancer
One of the advantages of skin cancer compared to many other forms of cancer is that it is by far the easier to spot and treat. However, you need to perform routine inspections in your skin every month and spot warning signs first. But how do you recognize a suspicious mole? As you age, you will likely see changes all over your skin, but when is it recommended to ask for medical assistance?
We can detect the most aggressive types of skin cancer using an easy and very simple approach that follows the letters ABCDE:
- A – Asymmetry: Suspicious moles are asymmetric in shape and color.
- B – Borders: The edges of suspicious moles are irregular and sometimes difficult to make out or blurred.
- C – Color: It has different shades of brown and sometimes reddish, white or even blue patches.
- D – Diameter: It is growing or has grown larger than ¼ an inch, which is the size of a pencil eraser.
- E – Evolution: It continuously changes in size, color, shape, and other characteristics.
Additionally, there are other warning signs and symptoms for other types of skin cancer:
- New spots on your body that look different to others you have had for a long time.
- Sores that don’t heal or reopens constantly.
- Swelling and redness around a mole.
- New spots associated with pain or itching.
- Any change in an existing mole, including scaliness, oozing or bleeding.
- Scar-like areas that appear without any explanation.