This article offers useful insight into harmless skin moles and dangerous and malignant skin cancers and tells you how to differentiate between a harmless mole and a malignant skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, with one in five Americans expected to develop it at some state of their life.
However, since it is the most curable forms of cancer this is not such as scary statistic, always provided that early detection of the cancer was possible.
Early detection is the key, since skin cancers can not only be disfiguring; they can be fatal in a lot of cases. Check your skin yourself by:
- Once a month do a head to toe check – some cancers begin as seemingly harmless birthmarks so if you see something suspicious, report it to a doctor.
- It you find red, scaly lesions on your skin, they could be actinic keratosis – these are not cancerous yet, but could turn into them.
- Actinic keratosis are the result of accumulated sun exposure and usually occur in places that are most exposed to the sun, such as the face, forehead, lips ears, ears.
For more ways to detect skin cancer early, look here.