View Full Version : Skin Cancer Symptoms, Prevention, & Skin self-examination

07-25-2012, 07:14 AM
A basal cell carcinoma (BCC) usually looks like a raised, smooth, pearly bump on the sun-exposed skin of the head, neck, or shoulders.

Small blood vessels may be visible within the tumor.

A central depression with crusting and bleeding (ulceration) frequently develops.

A BCC is often mistaken for a sore that does not heal.
A squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is commonly a well-defined, red, scaling, thickened patch on sun-exposed skin.

Like BCCs, SCCs may ulcerate and bleed.

Left untreated, SCC may develop into a large mass.
The majority of malignant melanomas are brown to black pigmented lesions.

Warning signs include change in size, shape, color, or elevation of a mole.

The appearance of a new mole during adulthood, or new pain, itching, ulceration, or bleeding of an existing mole should all be checked by a health-care provider.
The following easy-to-remember guideline, "ABCD," is useful for identifying malignant melanoma:

Asymmetry-One side of the lesion does not look like the other.

Border irregularity-Margins may be notched or irregular.

Color-Melanomas are often a mixture of black, tan, brown, blue, red, or white.

Diameter-Cancerous lesions are usually larger than 6 mm across (about the size of a pencil eraser), but any change in size may be significant.


You can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer.

Limit sun exposure. Attempt to avoid the sun's intense rays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Apply sunscreen frequently. Use a sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 both before and during sun exposure. Select products that block both UVA and UVB light. The label will tell you.

If you are likely to sunburn, wear long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat.

Avoid artificial tanning booths.

Conduct periodic skin self-examinations.

Skin self-examination

Monthly self-examination improves your chances of finding a skin cancer early, when it has done a minimum of damage to your skin and can be treated easily. Regular self-exam helps you recognize any new or changing features.

The best time to do a self-exam is right after a shower or bath.

Do the self-exam in a well-lighted room; use a full-length mirror and a handheld mirror.

Learn where your moles, birthmarks, and blemishes are, and what they look like.

Each time you do a self-exam, check these areas for changes in size, texture, and color, and for ulceration. If you notice any changes, call your primary-care provider or dermatologist.
Check all areas of your body, including "hard-to-reach" areas. Ask a loved one to help you if there are areas you can't see.

Look in the full-length mirror at your front and your back (use the handheld mirror to do this). Raise your arms and look at your left and right sides.

Bend your elbows and look carefully at your palms, your forearms (front and back), and upper arms.

Examine the backs and fronts of your legs. Look at your buttocks (including the area between the buttocks) and your genitals (use the handheld mirror to make sure you see all skin areas).

Sit down and examine your feet carefully, including the soles and between the toes.

Look at your scalp, face, and neck. You may use a comb or blow dryer to move your hair while examining your scalp.


10-23-2012, 11:27 AM
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10-25-2012, 10:34 AM
To prevent skin cancer and other skin problems you need to avoid extra bit use of cosmetics. Or otherwise you can examine your skin by using some cosmetic and if it effect your skin don't use it anymore. Make sure that your skin is not allergic or very sensitive before using any makeup product.

10-25-2012, 11:06 AM
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06-23-2015, 12:35 PM
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