Symptoms of skin cancer
A common tool to use is the ABCEs that may help you detect skin cancer early.
A = Asymmetry. Is the lesion asymmetric with one side different than the other?
B = Border. Is the border of the lesion very irregular?
C = Color. Are there different colors within the lesion?
D= Diameter. Is the lesion growing larger, - greater than 6mm.?
E= Evolution. Is the lesion changing or growing larger?
There are other less common cancers that can be found on the skin, such as merkel cell carcinoma, which are found on sun-exposed areas of older individuals on the head, neck, arms and legs.
If you discover any worrisome spot, consult a medical professional.
Skin cancer is often related to sun exposure. It tends to occur on areas exposed to the sun, particularly the face, arms, upper chest, back and lower legs. However, it is important to know that skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, even on the soles of the feet or between the toes.
A skin growth that is new, painful, non-healing or changing is a cause for suspicion. Similarly, a spot that itches, erodes, bleeds or scabs are potential warning signs.