Skin cancer most often develops on skin exposed to the sun – the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women.
But this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight – your palms, beneath your fingernails or toenails, and your genital area.
It often start as changes to your skin. They can be new growths that are not cancer but could become cancer over time.
Learn to spot the early warning signs. It will help you to spot skin cancers early if you know how your skin normally looks. That way, you will recognise any changes more easily.
Early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment.
Melanoma is a cancer that develops in pigment cells. Most melanomas start as a new skin growth on unmarked skin. The growth may change color, shape, or size.
Melanoma can grow anywhere on the body. It most often occurs on the upper back in men and women and on the legs in women.
5 Warning Signs of Skin Cancer you Must Know
Watch for changes that occur over a period of weeks to a month. The ABCDE system tells you what changes to look for.
- Asymmetry: One half of the mole or skin growthdoesn’t match the other half.
- Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred.
- Color: The color is not the same throughout the mole.
- Diameter: The mole or skin growth is larger than the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolution: There is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or color of a mole.
You can read more about signs and symptoms of skin cancer on WebMD.com
Notice: Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any changes to your skin that worry you. Not all skin changes are caused by skin cancer. Your doctor will investigate your skin changes to determine a cause.