Early detection of skin cancer can be a matter of life or death, certain types of skin cancer like melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma if detected at an early stage the treatment and recovery can be ensured, regular check-in is important specially if you are at risk in order to detect it early and prevent it from spreading which will enable you to eradicate it with minimal side effect, the following are tips on how to identify symptoms of skin cancer early.
1- Keep Monthly Journal Of Your Skin State.
It can be useful to write down the state of your skin on a particular day of every month, check all easily seen parts of your skin and write notes on your observations and use the help of a mirror to check other hard to see parts of the skin like genitals, back, anal, between toes and scalp.
Keeping notes of your skin state will help you to determine whether or not any condition that happen with your skin takes its natural time to heal or not which is essential in recognizing skin cancer.
2- Learn What Basal Cell Carcinoma is.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and it is mainly found on the areas that get exposed to the sun the most, it is erosive which means that the cancer eats in the tissue of skin that is effected and it is easily spread to other parts of the body. Factors that increase risk include over exposure to sun light, tanning bed, too many freckles, family history, sunburn blisters and fair skin.
3- Check Out for Melanoma
Melanoma is the most deadly type of skin cancer and it has several distinctive signs which include that the asymmetry within the affected skin doesn’t match the rest of the skin, it will have border that is not regular and maybe jagged, ragged or notched. The color in the area will get the hue of black, brown or blue. The diameter of the lesion will be over 6mm and the mole will change in size over time and get bigger.
– How To Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer.
Exposure to sunlight seems to be the main culprit to developing skin cancer hence it is important to take precautions by avoiding exposure to sunlight and applying a strong sunscreen whenever you get exposed to sunlight.
Also keeping the state of your skin in journal monthly is important to allow you to look out for any cancerous changes.