Preventative Tips, Skin Checks

Melanoma: Know Your Skin

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Posted 03/10/13

Melanoma is one of the most well-known and common forms of skin cancers.

It can affect all kinds of people and can appear on any part of the body. It is important not only to know how to detect melanoma but also how to seek treatment should you ever be diagnosed.

It is crucial that you note any changes in your skin because early detection will give you a better chance at responding to the treatment.

SYMPTOMS OF MELANOMA

There are several common symptoms to melanoma that you can look for on your skin. You need to know the moles and freckles on your body because the disease does not always create new ones but can manifest itself in the existing ones.

If you find a mole that changes in colour, size, shape or texture, this can be a sign of skin cancer.

You should also check to be sure that the mole does not itch or bleed since this can also be a symptom. If the mole is asymmetrical or one half does not match another, this can be a sign.

Besides moles and freckles, you need to look for any lesions that develop on the skin. This can indicate another kind of skin cancer, but lesions are also linked to melanoma.

MELANOMA AND MOLES

Changes in colour, size, shape and texture are not the only concerns. If you have a mole that has several different colours, this may be a sign of melanoma.

This can include shades of black, brown and tan as well as blue, grey, red, pink and white. Irregular borders on the mole that are blurred, notched or ragged can also be a symptom of the skin cancer.

These are a few of the symptoms of melanoma. These signs do not mean that you have the skin cancer, but you should see a physician for a formal diagnosis.

If one is made, you can look into several kinds of treatment. The method of treatment may vary according to how far along the disease has progressed, but it is possible to treat melanoma in ways that are not very invasive.