5 Skin Cancer Symptoms You Need to Know This Summer

Protecting your skin during summer, even when it’s cloudy should become
the first step in your beauty routine since skin cancer is on the rise.
Although protection and prevention are your number one focus, being
extra attentive about symptoms of skin cancer and spotting potential
signs can be vital. Remember, every tan or burn you get this summer will
potentially increase your risk of getting skin cancer.

Here are the 5 skin cancer symptoms you need to watch out for:

1. Painful Mole
If your mole suddenly starts to feel painful, itchy and tender, that’s not a good sign and it needs to be checked by a doctor.

2. Shifting Spots
If you have a new or changing brown spot, visit a board-certified
dermatologist to get it checked out. It is normal to develop new brown
spots up until the age of 30, however after that time, every new spot
should be evaluated. Check if your mole looks the same on both sides,
spot if it has any jagged edges, see if the mole is changing its color
or changing its size.

3. Persistent Scabs
Wounds and scabs that don’t heal for more than 2 weeks can be an issue.
This may represent a squamous cell carcinoma. Similar to basal cell
carcinomas, they are rare, but can develop in younger patients,
especially if there was a significant history of sunburns.

4. Weird Bumps
Moles aren’t the only bumps you need to look out for. If you have a new
flesh-colored or pearly bump on the skin, it should be evaluated. It may
be a basal cell carcinoma. If you notice a new skin-colored or pink
bump in a sun exposed area, you should definitely visit a dermatologist
to evaluate it.

5. Scaly Skin
Skin cancer can also manifest in the form of patchy skin. Pre-cancerous
lesions called actinic keratoses show up as tiny gritty, scaly spots on a
red or pink base that can often be picked off with a fingernail, but
then return again in the same location. If not treated, this can turn
into squamous cell cancers. To protect your skin, always apply an SPF
cream and wear a hat and sunglasses.

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