Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Most of these are not malignant, or in other words, aggressive and invasive. The prognosis for nonmalignant skin cancer is excellent when caught early. This fact should encourage us to educate ourselves about skin cancer in order to recognize and prevent this prevalent problem. There are three main types of skin cancer:
Asymmetry of the area. When suspicious areas are divided in half, the halves do not match.
Borders are irregular. The edges of the area in question are uneven.
Color is not uniform. Different shades can be seen in different areas of the same mole.
Diameter is typically greater than the width of a pencil eraser. Also, the size may change.
Evolves in size, shape, color, or texture. These areas generally change appearances in some way.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of skin cancer, as well as check ups with a dermatologist, will put you in a good position to intercept any problems early. While the prevalence of skin cancer can be disturbing, the knowledge you can equip yourself with can be empowering. When it comes to skin cancer, ignorance is not bliss.