Getting regular exams and checkups with your skin care professional is essential for preventing the development of skin concerns and maintaining optimal health. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and can appear at any age due to increased sun exposure without taking the proper measures of protection. If you are experiencing skin irregularities that are causing you concern, be sure to schedule an appointment with your health care professional. In the meantime, there are ways to determine skin cancer symptoms.
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is caused as a result of unrepaired DNA damage to the skin cells. This results in the uncontrolled growth of skin cells that are abnormal. The rapid growth leads to the development of visible and abnormal growths on the skin that represent the specific cancer type. These growths are known as malignant tumors.
Symptoms of a non-melanoma skin cancer growth can include an irregular growth or sore on the surface of skin that will not go away. It may at first appear as a nodule, irregular patch, or rash. The growths are raised, and may even bleed easily. As the cells continue to multiply, the growth shape can change and the cancer can spread to deeper layers of tissue. If you are experiencing this, it is essential that you schedule an appointment with one of our medical professionals for evaluation.
Basal cell carcinomas on the head or neck, may initially look like a pale patch of skin that is a translucent looking bump. On the chest, it may appear as a brownish scar, or flesh-colored lesion. As the cancer cells multiply, it can begin to bleed and ooze.
Squamous cell carcinomas may develop in the form of a lump. The lump on the surface of skin is usually rough. If a lump does not appear, it may also take the appearance of a reddish scaly patch that does not go away.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, we here at Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery can help. Reach out to us here to speak to one of our caring professionals. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards improved skin health!