As book lovers, we are very passionate about information and the value that it can add to every area of life. Health is no exception. We published many health books that can help you to prevent disease, adopt healthy habits, and live longer. Having brought to you At Five In The Afternoon, Michael Murphy's memoir about experiencing cancer, we are sensitive to the matter, and we think that raising awareness is vital.
Each year, there are 11,000 cases of skin cancer diagnosed in Ireland and, unfortunately, mortality from melanoma is increasing. In many cases, when it is caught early it can be surgically removed before the cancer spreads. Because information is power, we want to arm you with the early signs of skin cancer that you can look for in yourself and others.
A Wound That Won’t Heal
If you have an area of skin that looks like a wound but won’t heal for weeks, get your skin checked. This could be an early sign of Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), which is one of the most common types of skin cancer. In addition to a non-healing wound, another early warning sign of BCC is a sore that heals, but then quickly re-opens.
Asymmetry and Irregular Borders
Take a look at the moles and beauty-marks on your body. An early sign of skin cancer is asymmetry of a mark on your skin. Does one half of the mole look the same as the other, or different?
Look at the borders, checking for irregularities. Asymmetry and irregular borders are both early signs of melanoma. This type of skin cancer is rare, but spreads quickly, so it is essential to check for these signs often.
Rough, Scaly Red Patch
Squamous Cell Carcinoma may first appear as a raw, red patch on the skin that has a scaly texture. This patch may bleed, itch, or feel painful but not necessarily. Sometimes they cause no discomfort, so it is critical to do a visual check of the whole body to identify them. Any constant abrasion of this type should be examined by a professional.
If you spot one of these signs, don’t hesitate before getting your skin checked by a dermatologist. They will give their professional opinion about the area that you’re concerned with and may recommend further testing or surgical removal of the affected skin. We’re excited that you have taken the time to learn about these early signs. Bookstores and libraries are also excellent resources for more information.