What are Skin Cancer Moles?
It is normal for a person to have moles on their body as practically everyone has dozens of moles on their body. Most of these moles are non-malignant and pose no immediate threat or danger. But there is no guarantee that one or more of these moles can suddenly change and become cancerous. When this change occurs, these moles are called skin cancer moles.
It is the moles that you have had for a long time or those which suddenly appear that are referred to as skin cancer moles. Existing moles that suddenly change specific characteristics may become skin cancer moles.
Skin cancer manifests itself as an abnormal accumulation of cells that resembles a sore or pimple that does not heal. These sores can itch, bleed or ooze fluid, crust or scab over and may also ooze and bleed again.
Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the skin, it is most common on areas exposed to the sun.
Skin cancer and skin moles may or may not be painful but may they are sores that do not heal. For this reason, skin cancer sometimes goes unnoticed.
Are your moles cancerous? Only your doctor can determine that.
The ABCD rule is a guide to help in determining if a mole is cancerous:
1. Asymmetry is when half of the growth acquires a different shape from the other. You have to look at both halves of the mole, as if it had an imaginary line in its middle. If you find the mole is not equal, you need to have it examined at the earliest convenience.
2. Borders that are irregular because of scalloped or uneven edges are signs of skin cancer moles. Even moles that bleed, itch or are painful indicate cancer.
3. Colors where the mole changes color with its growth or where there is lack of uniformity in color are signs of skin cancer. Melanomas acquire different colors like black, brown and tan shades and may have red, white and blue specks.
4. Diameter of a mole that is larger than the diameter of a pencil eraser depicts cancerous moles and should be tested for skin cancer. So keep checking moles for an increase in its diameter.
The moment you find something that is similar to the ABCD rule for any mole on your body or if you develop new moles on your body, you need to see your doctor about it as soon as possible.
It is important that you regularly examine your skin for new moles and for changes in existing moles.
Stand in front of a mirror. Examine every part of your body. Look at every mole you have on both the front and back of your body, including under your arms.
Remember that melanoma or cancer moles are a dangerous and invasive form of skin cancer that can appear anywhere on the body, including under fingernails.
The risks of melanoma are increased if you have a mole from birth.
Ask your doctor what the best treatment options are for your individual situation.
Skin Cancer: A Patient’s Guide to Skin Cancer and Melanoma
by: Amanda Blackwell
publisher: Digital Direct Ebooks, published: 2012-05-11
sales rank: 324704
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. They usually form on the head, face, neck, hands and arms. Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more dangerous but less common.
Anyone can get skin cancer, but it is more common in people who:
* Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned
* Have light-colored skin, hair and eyes
* Have a family member with skin cancer
* Are over age 50
You should have your doctor check any suspicious skin markings and any changes in the way your skin looks. Treatment is more likely to work well when cancer is found early. If not treated, some types of skin cancer cells can spread to other tissues and organs.
Even though skin cancer is more common among people with a light (fair) skin tone, skin cancer can affect anyone. Skin cancer can affect both men and women.
Although dark skin does not burn in the sun as easily as fair skin, everyone is at risk for skin cancer. Even people who don’t burn are at risk for skin cancer. It doesn’t matter whether you consider your skin light, dark, or somewhere in between. You are at risk for skin cancer. Being in the sun can damage your skin. Sunlight causes damage through ultraviolet, or UV rays, (they make up just one part of sunlight). Two parts of UV, UVA and UVB, can both cause damage to skin. Also, the sun isn’t the only cause of skin cancer. There are other causes. That’s why skin cancer may be found in places on the body never exposed to the sun.
Is That Just A Mole – Or Early Signs of Skin Cancer?
We all have at least some moles on our skin. Do you know which moles are normal, and which could be signs of trouble? This year, more than one million Americans will get some form of skin cancer, and in many cases, moles could have served as early warning signs.
Moles: Which Ones Indicate Possible Skin Cancer? – Dr. Heck
Dr. Heck provides tips to help recognize problematic moles you may develop. For more information on Skin, Hair & nails visit www.empowher.com