Early Signs Of Skin Cancer- How To Recognize Skin Cancer?


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Skin cancer is very common nowadays in the US, with over 5 million people being affected by it every year. It is very vital to conduct a self examination of your skin from head to toe at least once a month. This will help you recognize early signs of skin cancer or any other allergies you might have. Skin cancers including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma often start as changes to your skin. They can be new growths or precancerous lesions, changes that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. They can also be cured if found and treated at the early stages. 

Signs To Recognize Skin Cancer

You must watch out for any new moles or growths, or any new changes in existing growths. Also any lesion or injury that change and come with excessive itching and bleeding could be reasons to worry about. Studies have said that it is important to recognize melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Physicians have introduced two strategies to recognize skin cancer: ABCDEs and the Ugly Duckling sign.

What Are The ABCDEs?

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A for Asymmetry

Normal moles are symmetrical. Draw an imaginary line and check if one half matches the other, and if it doesn’t it could be a warning sign!

[Read: Is Your Skin More Prone To Cancer? Watch Out!]

B for Border

If the border or edges of your moles are blurred or irregular, then its time to visit a dermatologist immediately. One of the symptoms of melanoma is uneven borders.

C for Color

If your moles change in colour or have shades of  tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red, it is suspicious. Normal moles are usually a single shade of color. A mole of many shades or that has lightened or darkened should be checked by a doctor.

D for Diameter

If a mole is larger than a quarter inch in diameter, or lets say larger than a pencil eraser, than there’s reason to worry.

E for Evolving

A mole that is evolving, or changing in colour, size, shape or begins to itch or bleed should be checked by a dermatologist. If a mole also appears to be raised or elevated, it could be a sign of melanoma.

Other symptoms of skin cancer could be scaly patchy lips, funnel shaped growth from the red base of the skin, scaly growth that bleed or develop a crust and more. Make sure you keep an eye on any irregular or abnormal symptom and immediately find a solution!


Edited by Pragya Sharoff


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Anthony Spear
Anthony Spear 5pts

This is old advice and not accurate nor fact based. The sun has been proven to not be the cause of skin cancer and most chemical based sun block is worse for you than nothing at all. Your diet and lifestyle leads to cancer not the sun. This is misinformation at best.

Deepak Mittal
Deepak Mittal 5pts

Tulsi ark .....or punarnava ark....gaujharan also

Anita Vaughan
Anita Vaughan 5pts

Go to the dermatologist instead of trying to figure it out yourself.

Gabe DeMello
Gabe DeMello 5pts

Apply sun screen? How old is this diagram?

Vincenzo Toccaceli
Vincenzo Toccaceli 5pts

La visita dermatologica e' dannosa.. occorre abbandonare la visione della medicina ufficiale , cambiare la parola tu more con TU VIVI e mangiare cibi alcalinizzanti! OM

JordanBaker2 5pts

This is good information to have. I feel that there are some people that have skin cancer but don't even realize it. However, if you are careful, you can notice it very early on. By catching it early, you can prevent it from spreading and treat. That is very important to remember in the event of seeing things like blotches on you skin. http://sunpatrolscc.com.au/skincheck/ 

Cristin Rae Barrie
Cristin Rae Barrie 5pts

It's freckle-like not a mole. The dr is going to recheck it in 6 months. But thanks for freaking me out! :P

Sandy Kinman Huddleston
Sandy Kinman Huddleston 5pts

Jim goes to a dermatologist to keep an eye on this problem, since he has already had some removed twice.

Preety Singh
Preety Singh 5pts

How Not to Keep Looking for Cancer and Live your Life with Faith.Death is ultimate destination don't try to reach it everyday.....Let life be a Journey to the End.

Maria Elena Perez
Maria Elena Perez 5pts


Rosslyn Beardsworth
Rosslyn Beardsworth 5pts

Do not Self Diagnose go to the doctors too many people have lost their lives due to this stupid advice.

Shikha Jain
Shikha Jain 5pts

My mom had these , she used almond leaves which gave some relief

Ayurveda 5pts

Is it a hole? No it's a mole! :)

Ayurveda 5pts

Glad to help Andrea Payton!

Donna Kay Rakes
Donna Kay Rakes 5pts

I had it in my left ear n sent off but wasn't benign ,but I can still get it other places....