Is It Skin Cancer?

I created a post a while ago addressing the very real escalation of global warming in a global context and how such escalation is evident when acknowledging how powerful the rays of the sun are here in Ontario during the summer months. I thought I would compose an informative post regarding signs and symptoms of skin cancer considering it is a type of cancer on the rise and furthermore because it can be difficult to recognize. The following information is derived from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/skin-cancer/basics/symptoms/con-20031606.

Skin cancer typically shows itself on areas of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun, for example the chest, back, shoulders, arms or face, however it can also appear in areas that are less likely to be consistently examined, for example under fingernails or even in the genital region.

There are three major categorizations of skin cancer; Melanoma, with symptoms typically including a large brownish spot with dark speckles within it, a mole that changes in colour or size, a small lesion with red, white, blue or black borders, or dark lesions on palms, fingertips or toes; Squamous Cell Carcinoma, with symptoms typically including firm, red nodules or flat lesions with a crusty surface; and Basal Cell Carcinoma, with symptoms typically including a pearly or wax-like bump or a flat, flesh-toned or brown scar-like lesion. Other and less common forms of skin cancer include Kaposi Sarcoma, Merkel Cell Carcinoma and Sebaceous Gland Carcinoma.

If you notice a change in any moles, freckles or skin in general anywhere on your body, book an appointment to see your doctor for an examination. Skin cancer is incredibly serious and can be fatal, however when it is detected in time it can be stopped and prevented from progressing. Use sunscreen if you are in the sun frequently and check your body on a regular basis for any abnormalities.

 

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