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Skin Cancer Symptoms

Skin Cancer is one of the most common form of all human cancers. In United States, skin cancer is diagnosed in excess of 1 million new cases every year.
There are 3 major types of Skin Cancer:

  1. Melanoma skin cancer: Less common, most dangerous type, highly aggressive that tends to spread to other part of the body. it caused by exposure to UV ray.  Cancer begins in melanocyte cells, skin cells that make pigment. Occurs in childern or teenages aged 10 to 20 years
  2. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) skin cancer: Most common (90% of all skin cancer cases), will not spread,  it is also caused by sun exposure.
  3. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) skin cancer: Less common, risk is higher in light-colored skin, Men has a higher affected rate compare to women. it may spread to other part of the body

Skin Cancer Symptoms checklist:

(Your should seek immediate medical help if you find the following on your skin)

  1. Continuous ulcerate and bleed
  2. Raised lump, brown to black pigmented or ulcerated lesions
  3. Development of new mole (nevi)
  4. Pain, infections or itching of an existing mole (nevi)

Here is a easy-to-remember guideline, "the ABCDE's of Skin Cancer" (American Academy of Dermatology, 2009)

  • "A" > Asymmetry: one half unlike the other half
  • "B" > Border Irregularity: irregular, blurry, scalloped, poorly defined border
  • "C" > Color: varied from one area to another, shades of tan and brown, black; Sometimes white, red or blue
  • "D" > Diameter: greater than 6mm, but can be smaller
  • "E" > Evolving: a mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or changing in size, shape, color