Around the world, skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer – and it is a threat to individuals of all ages and races. The good news is that skin cancer can be seen, making it easier to detect than most other cancers. Because early treatment is essential to prevent the spread of skin cancer and to maximize its curability, it is very important to learn how to identify skin cancer initial symptoms.
Skin Cancer: Initial Symptoms to Watch Out For
There are several different types of skin cancer, and each has its own indicators. Still, these symptoms often overlap, and there are some general warning signs which can help you spot skin cancer. Here are a few common skin cancer initial symptoms that everyone should know:
- Changes in the size, shape or color of a skin growth
- Spots larger than 1/4” in diameter
- Inconsistent coloring throughout a spot
- Asymmetry (one part of a spot doesn’t match the rest)
- A border that is blurred or irregular
- Crusting or oozing from a mole/growth which won’t heal, or heals and then returns
- Scaly, red patches on the skin
- Changes in the surface of a growth, such as a rough texture or a lump
If you notice any of these possible indicators of skin cancer, it is advisable to see a dermatologist right away. As previously mentioned, early treatment is key to achieve a favorable outcome.
Why Make Annual Skin Exams a Priority?
Even when you are familiar with the skin cancer initial symptoms listed above, it can be difficult to spot skin cancer with the naked eye. While cancerous spots most commonly appear on areas of the body which are frequently exposed to the sun, they can develop anywhere – including in hard-to-see places like on the scalp or in between the fingers. This is why it is recommended to see a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening at least once a year.
Schedule Your Skin Exam with Kessel Dermatology
At Kessel Dermatology, our skilled skin care providers have the knowledge and advanced technology needed to find and identify skin cancer in the earliest stages – possibly even when a spot is still pre-cancerous. When you come to us for a skin cancer screening, we will conduct a thorough examination of your skin to look for potentially dangerous spots. In the event that we find something suspicious, we can promptly test and remove it (if necessary) right in our office.
If you have located a concerning spot or you are due for a routine skin exam, call our office at 609-890-2600 to set up a consultation. We are committed to helping our patients keep their skin healthy while also ensuring their safety and comfort. Thus, we are continuing to offer telemedicine appointments for medical dermatology in addition to in-office treatments.