Checking for the signs of skin cancer is one of the best things that you can do for your overall health. In most cases, early intervention with the right treatment can prevent a spread of the cancer to the underlying tissues of your skin or your internal organs and bones. Here are some of the signs that can indicate that you might have skin cancer.
Sign 1: Chronically Itchy Skin
You might ignore your itchy skin because you think that it is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen or laundry detergent, but this is also a symptom of skin cancer. Our dermatologist can check your skin along with collecting samples of your upper or lower skin tissue, and if a medical laboratory finds cancerous cells, then it is possible to begin the appropriate treatment.
Sign 2: Strange Bumps on the Skin
If you notice a red or purple bump on your skin, then have it checked by a dermatologist. These abnormalities are typically caused by a rarer but rapidly developing type of skin cancer. Merkel cell carcinomas require prompt treatment to avoid any complications.
Sign 3: Moles that Change Appearance
You should know where the moles are located on your body to notice any changes in the size, color or shape of the moles. In addition, it is not normal for a mole to disappear on its own, and this can indicate that there is an underlying cancerous condition below the upper skin layer. To help you see any changes, a dermatologist can provide a mole-mapping service so that you will understand where all of your moles are located.
Sign 4: Rough Patches of Skin
If you have rough patches of skin that won’t go away with exfoliation or moisturizing, then have your skin analyzed by a dermatologist. Squamous-cell skin cancer often begins as scaly skin that is sensitive, leading to ulcerations that bleed. This variety of skin cancer is treatable, but it can also spread rapidly.
Sign 5: Tiny Bumps on the Skin
Inspect your shoulders, neck and head for tiny bumps that have a pearly appearance. In some cases, these bumps have small visible blood vessels. These bumps can bleed or become crusty, indicating that you have basal-cell skin cancer. With early treatment, you can overcome this type of skin cancer.
Sign 6: Pain in the Skin
When you have constant or intermittent pain in the skin in the same region or on different areas of your body, it is time for an examination at a dermatologist’s office. A dermatologist can check for abnormalities on the surface or slightly below the skin to determine if you have cancer that requires immediate treatment.