BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Although we can expect changes in the appearance of our skin over time, we cannot shut our eyes to the alarming signs of skin cancer.
Below you will find the most common yet alarming signs of skin cancer:
- Changing moles. If, over the course of a few years, you see changes the shape and coloring of your mole, you should see a doctor about it. You might need to get that particular mole surgically removed or get a biopsy of it.
- Sores, ulcers, burns. These are hidden criminals, because all of us, sometime in our lives, get them. But what few of us know is the distinction between these unthreatening skin conditions and herpes, which, depending on its type, can be life threatening.
- Irritation. Some ingredients in the perfumes, detergents, soap and many other products we use on our skin, can be irritating, and we should stop using that particular product right away. Besides not using the products, a research to discover the exact ingredient that triggered the reaction is in order, because you might just have an allergy and things can get serious.
- Welts. If you have experienced welts for some time now, meaning a couple of days, and see no signs of improvement, you should definitely see a doctor. Although they are triggered by numerous non-concerning factors, it might develop into a concern if ignored. Prevention is the best medicine, after all.
- Uncommon growths. Have you discovered a growth on your skin, without being aware of any previous injuries? Then you should definitely have it checked, because it might be the case of basal cell carcinoma.
- Rosacea. Even though many people, especially those who are fair-skinned, experience redness in the face area, it might be more than just blushing. If you encounter such redness anywhere else except the face, or if it long-lasting and you haven’t diagnosed the condition yet, a visit to the doctor is in order.
- Dry, flaky skin. If your skin is dry and any method of hydration you try simply doesn’t work, it might be a sign of something more than just dehydration. You might have psoriasis, which is a skin condition that can only be treated under medical care.
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