Signs & Symptoms of Skin Cancer

Early Detection 

Skin cancer is estimated to affect one out of every five Americans.  Early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers generally leads to a better outcome.  An important element that aids in early diagnosis, is for you to become familiar with your skin by performing self-examinations.  If you should have any questions or concerns regarding any lesion or area of your skin, we would recommend that you schedule an appointment with a dermatological specialist for an examination. 


The American Academy of Dermatology website is an excellent resource to find more information regarding what to look for when checking your skin. 


Types of Skin Cancers 

Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancers. They are primarily found on sun exposed areas of the skin; such as the head, neck, hands, feet, arms and legs. Tanning beds are another source of UV radiation and can lead to skin cancers on any part of the body which is exposed. Melanoma has a genetic component, so it is important to know if you have a family history of Melanoma or irregular moles.  For this reason Melanoma can be found on any part of the body.  The good news is that if skin cancers are diagnosed and treated early, they generally have an excellent cure rate.


The American Academy of Dermatology website explains the different types of skin cancer, what to look for and treatment options.


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