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Sun Exposure - Skin Cancer

Basal Cell

  • A small raised bump that looks smooth, shiny, and translucent.
  • A small, pink, crater-like growth with a raised, rolled border and an indentation in the center.
  • A scar-like area that is white, yellow, or waxy.
  • Reddish, irritated patches of skin.
  • A sore that does not heal.
  • Can usually be removed by excision or topical treatments.
  • If diagnosed and treated early, basal cell cancers can be cured.

Basal Cell

  • A small raised bump that looks smooth, shiny, and translucent.
  • A small, pink, crater-like growth with a raised, rolled border and an indentation in the center.
  • A scar-like area that is white, yellow, or waxy.
  • Reddish, irritated patches of skin.
  • A sore that does not heal.
  • Can usually be removed by excision or topical treatments.
  • If diagnosed and treated early, basal cell cancers can be cured.

Squamous Cell

  • Crusty, warty appearance.
  • A raised growth with a depression in the center.
  • Scaly, red patch area.
  • A sore that does not heal.
  • Can usually be removed by excision or topical treatments.
  • If diagnosed and treated early, squamous cell cancers can be cured.

Squamous Cell

  • Crusty, warty appearance.
  • A raised growth with a depression in the center.
  • Scaly, red patch area.
  • A sore that does not heal.
  • Can usually be removed by excision or topical treatments.
  • If diagnosed and treated early, squamous cell cancers can be cured.

Melanoma

Changes in the size, shape, or color of moles.

  • Dark mole-like appearance.
  • Flat or slightly elevated discolored patch (tan, brown, red, black, blue, or white).
  • Change on the skin:
  • New spot developing.
  • Change in size, color, or shape of existing spot or mole.
  • Malignant melanoma carries significant, even fatal implications.
  • Incidence of melanoma has been steadily rising, affecting people of all ages.

Melanoma

Changes in the size, shape, or color of moles.

  • Dark mole-like appearance.
  • Flat or slightly elevated discolored patch (tan, brown, red, black, blue, or white).
  • Change on the skin:
  • New spot developing.
  • Change in size, color, or shape of existing spot or mole.
  • Malignant melanoma carries significant, even fatal implications.
  • Incidence of melanoma has been steadily rising, affecting people of all ages.

Symptoms

mole symptom photos

In particular, watch for:

  • Irregular borders on moles (ragged, notched, or blurred edges).
  • Moles that are not symmetrical (one half doesn’t match the other).
  • Colors that are not uniform throughout.
  • Moles that are bigger than a pencil eraser.
  • Sores that bleed and do not heal.
  • Itchy or painful moles.
  • Red patches or lumps.
  • New moles.

Symptoms

mole symptom photos

In particular, watch for:

  • Irregular borders on moles (ragged, notched, or blurred edges).
  • Moles that are not symmetrical (one half doesn’t match the other).
  • Colors that are not uniform throughout.
  • Moles that are bigger than a pencil eraser.
  • Sores that bleed and do not heal.
  • Itchy or painful moles.
  • Red patches or lumps.
  • New moles.
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