Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than one million new skin cancer cases reported each year.
There are 3 types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. Repeated sun exposure and genetic factors play a role in each type. The most important thing to remember is skin cancer is curable if detected early. It is wise to get a full body skin check at least once a year. You can examine your own skin for suspicious lesions by knowing what to look for. Some clues to remember include a sore that doesn’t heal or bleeds easily, crusty or rough and red spots, and moles that change in size, shape or color. Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by a professional immediately:
- Border irregularity
- Color change or variation in color
- Diameter (increase in size, or larger than a pencil eraser)