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Skin Cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Nearly all skin cancers can be treated effectively if they are found early, so knowing what to look for is important. There are many types of skin cancer, each of which can look different on the skin. This picture gallery contains some examples of more common types of skin cancer, as well as some other non-cancerous types of skin growth. But skin cancers can look different from these examples. This is why it is important to see a doctor if YOU have any lumps, bumps, spots, sores, or other marks on your skin that are new or changing, or that worry YOU for any other reason.

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What Does Melanoma Look Like?

Melanoma is a type of cancer that begins in melanocytes. Below are photos of melanoma that form on the skin. Melanoma can also start in the eye, intestines, or other areas of the body with pigmented tissues. Often the first sign of melanoma is change in shape, color, size, or feel of the existing mole. However, melanoma may also appear as new mole. People should tell their doctor if they notice any changes in their skin. The only way to diagnose melanoma is to remove tissue and check it for cancer cells. Thinking about ABCDE can help you remember what to look for: asymmetry: shape of one half does not match the other half. Border that is irregular: edges are often rag, notch, or blur in outline. Pigment may spread into surrounding skin. Color that is uneven: Shades of black, brown, and tan may be present. Areas of white, gray, red, pink, or blue may also be see. Diameter: There is change in size, usually increase. Melanomas can be tiny, but most are larger than the size of a pea. Evolving: mole has changed over the past few weeks or months. Melanomas can vary greatly in how they look. Many show all of ABCDE features. However, some may show changes or abnormal areas in only one or two of ABCDE features. In more advanced melanoma, texture of the mole may change. Skin on the surface may break down and look scrap. It may become hard or lumpy. Surface may ooze or bleed. Sometimes melanoma is itchy, tender, or painful.


Possible signs and symptoms of melanoma

In its early stages, Melanoma can be difficult to detect. It is important to check skin for any signs of change. Alterations in the appearance of skin are vital indicators of Melanoma. Doctors use them in the diagnostic process. The Melanoma Research Foundation offers pictures of Melanomas and normal moles to help people learn how to tell the difference. They also list some symptoms that should prompt person to visit a doctor, including: any skin changes, such as new spot or mole or change in color, shape, or size of an existing spot or mole skin sore that fails to heal spot or sore that becomes painful, itchy, or tender spot or sore that start to bleed spot or lump that look shiny, waxy, smooth, or pale firm, red lump that bleed or look ulcerated or crusty flat, red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly

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E - evolution

Noting any changes with respect to size, shape, colour, or features is an important factor in catching cancer early. If your mole develops symptoms like itching, tenderness or bleeding, or is evolving in any way over time, this is a warning sign to seek medical attention immediately. This is why it is important to not only check your moles regularly, but also to look for any changes that may have occurred since the last self-check you perform. The image shows the evolution of mole over time. While not every mole will evolve, or evolve in the same way, even minor changes are important to track and share with your doctor.

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Early warning signs of melanoma

The first sign of melanoma is typically a new spot on the skin, or change in size, shape or color of existing mole. The ABCDE method may help you determine whether abnormal skin growth may be melanoma: symmetry: mole has irregular shape. B order: edge is not smooth, but irregular or notch. C olor: mole has uneven shading or dark spots. D iameter: spot is larger than the size of a pencil eraser. E volving or E levation: spot is changing in size, shape or texture. The only way to be sure if a mole has melanoma is to have it examined by a doctor. Sores that do not heal Pigment, redness or swelling that spreads outside the border of spot to surrounding skin Itchiness, tenderness or pain Changes in texture, or scales, oozing or bleeding from existing mole Blurry vision or partial loss of sight, or dark spots in iris because cancer symptoms varyand not all melanomas develop from molesit is important to discuss new or unusual skin growths with your doctor. Although many melanomas develop in areas exposed to the sun, they may also develop in areas that are usually hidden from the sun. In addition to examining legs, trunk, arms, face and neck, it is important to look at areas between toes, underneath fingernails and toenails, on palms of hands, soles of feet, genitals and even eyes.

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Moles

Examine your skin on a regular basis. The common location for melanoma in men is in the back, and in women, lower leg. But check your entire body for moles or suspicious spots once a month. Start at your head and work your way down. Check hidden areas: between fingers and toes, groin, soles of feet, backs of knees. Check your scalp and neck for moles. Use a handheld mirror or ask family members to help you look at these areas. Be especially suspicious of new mole. Take photos of moles and date them to help you monitor them for change. Pay special attention to moles if you're teen, pregnant, or going through menopause, times when your hormones may be surging.

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See a dermatologist

The frequency with which you should see your dermatologist about your moles depends on a number of factors that determine your overall risk level for skin cancer. These include things like your family history, how many moles you currently have, size of some of your moles, and whether you have atypical mole syndrome, which refers to people with at least 50 moles, three or more of which are abnormal in some way. Those who are at greater risk of developing skin cancer should see their dermatologist on a fairly regular basis, such as once or twice a year. Some might even have their moles checked every few months. Lower-risk individuals might go year or two between evaluations. Still, no matter how often you see your doctor about your moles, it is important to keep an eye on them yourself. If you notice anything strange or different about any of your moles, you should set up an appointment with your dermatologist. Whether or not you like how your moles look, good news is that most of them are probably harmless. Even so, it is better to be safe than sorry. Receiving regular mole evaluations is an important way to stay ahead of any serious health concerns and keep your skin in great shape. Professionals at North Pacific Dermatology can provide you with more information regarding your moles and overall skin health. Contact our team to learn more and set up an appointment today.

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Overview

Melanoma, most serious type of skin cancer, developed in cells that produce melanin pigment that give your skin its color. Melanoma can also form in your eyes and, rarely, inside your body, such as in your nose or throat. The exact cause of all melanomas isn't clear, but exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds increases your risk of developing Melanoma. Limiting your exposure to UV radiation can help reduce your risk of Melanoma. The risk of Melanoma seems to be increasing in people under 40, especially women. Knowing warning signs of skin cancer can help ensure that cancerous changes are detected and treated before cancer has spread. Melanoma can be treated successfully if it is detected early.


What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most prevalent form of all cancers in the United States and is identified when cells that make up our skin begin to grow and rapidly divide in a disorganized manner. There are 3 main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and Squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancer and may also sometimes be referred to as non-Melanoma skin cancer. Melanoma is not as common as basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas, but is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. If left untreated or caught at a late stage, melanomas are more likely to spread to organs beyond skin, making it difficult to treat and increasing the chances of death from skin cancer. Fortunately, if skin cancer is identified and treated early, most are cure. This is why it is important to take few safeguards and to talk with your healthcare provider if you think you are showing any signs of skin cancer.

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Symptoms

To help you identify characteristics of unusual moles that may indicate melanomas or other skin cancers, think of the letters ABCDE: is for asymmetrical shape. Look for moles with irregular shapes, such as two very different-looking halves. B is for irregular border. Look for moles with irregular, notch or scallop borders characteristics of melanomas. C is for changes in color. Look for growths that have many colors or uneven distribution of color. D is for diameter. Look for new growth in moles larger than 1 / 4 inch. E is for evolving. Look for changes over time, such as moles that grow in size or that change color or shape. Moles may also evolve to develop new signs and symptoms, such as new itchiness or bleeding. Cancerous moles vary greatly in appearance. Some may show all of the changes listed above, while others may have only one or two unusual characteristics.


Types of melanoma

Melanoma is not always preventable, but you can reduce your chances of developing it by avoiding getting sunburn. Most people get sunburn while on holiday abroad, or in the UK during summer while doing outdoor activities such as gardening, sunbathing or playing cricket. On these occasions, you need to be very careful, particularly if you have pale skin and many moles. You can help protect yourself from sun damage by using sunscreen and dressing sensibly in the sun. Regularly checking your skin can help lead to early diagnosis and increase your chances of successful treatment.

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Causes

Skin cancer begins in your skin's top layer epidermis. Epidermis is a thin layer that provides protective cover for skin cells that your body continually shed. Epidermis contain three main types of cells: squamous cells lie just below the outer surface and function as skin's inner lining. Basal cells, which produce new skin cells, sit beneath squamous cells. Melanocytes, which produce melanin, pigment that gives skin its normal color, are located in the lower part of your epidermis. Melanocytes produce more melanin when you're in the sun to help protect deeper layers of your skin. Where your skin cancer begins determines its type and your treatment options.

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Risk factors

Although having certain types of moles or abnormal and excessive amount of moles can put you at risk for skin cancer, there are other risk factors that you should look out for to protect yourself. For instance, you should take a look at your skin tone; unfortunately, very pale skin can put you at increased risk for skin cancer. Even if your skin isnt very pale, you should also use caution in the sun if you are prone to sunburn or if you live in an exceptionally sunny climate. Exposure to certain unnatural substances, such as arsenic, can put you at risk for skin cancer, and exposure to radiation can be risky as well.

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Prevention

Most skin cancers are preventable. To protect yourself, follow these skin cancer prevention tips: avoid the sun during the middle of the day. For many people in North America, sun's rays are strongest between about 10 am and 4. Pm. Schedule outdoor activities for other times of day, even in winter or when the sky is cloudy. You absorb UV radiation year-round, and clouds offer little protection from damaging rays. Avoiding the sun at its strongest helps you avoid sunburns and suntans that cause skin damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Sun exposure accumulates over time also may cause skin cancer. Wear sunscreen year-round. Sunscreens don't filter out all harmful UV radiation, especially radiation that can lead to melanoma. But they play a major role in the overall sun protection program. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, even on cloudy days. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours or more often if you're swimming or perspiring. Use a generous amount of sunscreen on all exposed skin, including your lips, tips of your ears, and the backs of your hands and neck. Wear protective clothing. Sunscreens don't provide complete protection from UV rays. So cover your skin with dark, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs, and a broad-brim hat, which provides more protection than a baseball cap or visor do. Some companies also sell photoprotective clothing. A Dermatologist can recommend the appropriate brand. Don't forget sunglasses. Look for those that block both types of UV radiation UVA and UVB rays. Avoid tanning beds. Lights used in tanning beds emit UV rays and can increase your risk of skin cancer. Be aware of sun-sensitizing medications. Some common prescription and over-counter drugs, including antibiotics, can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about side effects of any medications you take. If they increase your sensitivity to sunlight, take extra precautions to stay out of the sun in order to protect your skin. Check your skin regularly and report changes to your doctor. Examine your skin often for new skin growths or changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks. With the help of mirrors, check your face, neck, ears and scalp. Examine your chest and trunk, and the tops and undersides of your arms and hands. Examine both the front and back of your legs, and your feet, including soles and spaces between your toes. Also check your genital area and between your buttocks.

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