Skin cancer is among the most prevalent types of cancer, with over  3.5 million Americans being diagnosed with the condition yearly. Skin cancer can occur on any part of the body, but it is most commonly found in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, and arms. Pittsboro skin cancer can be deadly, and is one of the most preventable types of cancer.

Skin cancer is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources, such as tanning beds. UV radiation damages the DNA in skin cells and can lead to skin cancer. Avoiding exposure to UV radiation is among the most effective ways to prevent skin cancer. .

Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma are the three most common kinds of skin cancer.

  • Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancer, usually found on the face, neck, or hands.
  • Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and it can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most commonly found on the face, neck, or arms.

Below find a detailed explanation of the warning signs that you might have skin cancer:

Changes in appearance

Skin cancer usually begins as a small, round, or oval growth on the skin. Over time, it can grow larger and take on a different shape. It may also change color, from pink to red, brown, or black.

Fingernail and toenail changes

These changes can signify melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Look for changes in your fingernails or toenails, such as a change in color, a dark streak under the nail, or a change in shape.

Changes in size, shape, or color of moles

Most people have some moles on their skin. But if you have a mole that changes in size, shape, or color, it could signify melanoma. You need to see a doctor right away if you have an asymmetrical mole (not symmetrical), irregular border (the edges are not smooth), more than one color, and larger than a pencil eraser

Persistent Pimples or Sores

If you have a pimple that does not go away or a sore that does not heal, it could be a sign of skin cancer. You should see a doctor if you have a pimple or sore that is larger than 1/4 inch, is painful, and does not heal after two weeks

Lymph nodes

Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands found throughout the body that help fight infection by trapping bacteria and viruses. If you have melanoma, cancer cells can spread to the lymph nodes; it can cause the lymph nodes to swell or feel hard.

Blisters that occur without injury

If you have a blister that forms without any injury to the skin, it could be a sign of skin cancer. Such blisters are most common on the hands, feet, and ears.

If you have any warning signs, you should visit Sanford Dermatology and see your doctor. Early detection is the key to successful treatment.

By Alexander James

Beau Alexander James: Beau, a mental health advocate, shares personal stories, coping strategies, and promotes mental health awareness and understanding.