Skin cancer is a malignancy of the epidermis that can occur anywhere on the body. It occurs when normal skin cells grow uncontrollably and form tumors. Skin cancers are more common in people with sunburned skin and those who live in sunny climates. The good thing is that there are many different treatments for this condition. Your Mohs skin cancer surgeon Stockton will choose the one that is right for you based on your skin type, age, and other health conditions.
Skin cancer symptoms are usually non-specific and can be mistaken for other conditions. In addition, skin cancers may go unnoticed because they are often not felt or occur in places that are not visible to the naked eye. Always watch out for the following symptoms:
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Redness, itching, and, or burning of the skin
These changes are often a sign that there is a problem with your skin. It is a common symptom of most types of skin cancer. It could be due to irritation from something you have touched or a symptom of another condition. It can appear as a minor irritation or a severe blistering or scabbing of the skin. If you have redness on your skin, you should see your GP as soon as possible. Getting a diagnosis is important so your dermatologist can plan further treatment.
Skin lesions that do not heal within four weeks after they first appear
The lesion is a small red or white spot on the skin which bleeds easily or is itchy or painful when you scratch it but does not get bigger or bleed more after a few days. A skin lesion is a common sign of basal cell carcinoma (BCC). BCC is a type of skin cancer that affects areas of your body that receive a lot of sun exposure. It also affects areas where your skin is thinner, such as around the nose and ears.
Changes in the appearance of a freckle
Freckles are pigment spots that appear on our bodies due to exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. Freckles often fade and can become less noticeable as you age. However, you should see a doctor if you notice new freckles or redness around your body after returning from vacation or being outside without sunscreen, as that could be a warning sign that something is wrong.
Skin cancer may appear as a small area of discolored tissue on your body called a ‘spot’ or ‘sting’. Although these spots may not be painful, they can be very itchy and uncomfortable. These spots often appear on the face, neck, arms, and legs. Depending on where the tumor has grown, it can also occur anywhere in your body.
Skin cancer is a serious disease that can be difficult to detect. If a mole changes, if you have any new moles or growths, or if you have a mole that has become irritated by shaving or scratching, see your doctor. It is also important to see your doctor if you notice any changes on your skin that are not normal (like bleeding). Contact LUX Dermatology and request an appointment with a dermatologist to discover more about skin cancer and its symptoms.