Skin Checks / Skin Cancer Screenings
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most common cancer is skin cancer. There are many types of skin cancers. Some skin cancers are more dangerous or more easily treated than others. The most common types of skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. It is highly recommended to perform daily skin evaluations (see below) to check for changes in skin texture, tone and irritations and have annual clinical evaluations for medical evaluation. At the first sign of unusual changes in the skin, seek the consultation of a dermatologist. Cancer may present itself as a rash, a sore, scaly patches of skin, a scar with a waxy texture, a growth beneath the skin or even a pimple that doesn’t seem to go away. It is also common for skin cancer to have an appearance similar to a mole or to start within a mole.
Skin cancer often occurs in areas of the skin that have been damaged by the sun, radiation or chemical exposure, although they may occur anywhere on the body.
At Home Daily Skin Checks
While undressing and/or after showering thoroughly examine your skin. Try to evaluate your entire body, use a mirror to see parts of your body not easily seen first hand. Feel your skin for thickening or changes in texture, especially over bony areas.
Areas to pay close attention to:
- Red areas
- Insect bites
- Dry flaky skin
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