- Skin cancer often first appears as a change in a mole or a patch of skin.
- The most serious type of skin cancer is a malignant melanoma but other types, known as non-melanomas, are the most common.
- When found early melanomas can be treated quickly and cured.
- The main cause of skin cancer is too much sun and sunburn can double the risk.
- The most common sites for melanoma are the leg in women, the back in men and the face in older people, but they can grow anywhere.
- You may have some moles or dark patches on your skin that are flat or slightly raised. Usually these will remain harmless all your life.
- Show your doctor any moles or patches of normal skin that change in size, shape or color over weeks or months.
- Other signs that need to be checked out include a new growth or sore that won't heal, a spot, mole or sore that itches or hurts or a mole or growth that bleeds, crusts or scabs.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Posted by Baby Banz at 8:52 PM