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What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?

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When it comes to staying happy and healthy, it’s important to pay attention to your skin’s health too!

Decades ago, many people were not aware of the long-term effects and damage from the tanning bed and the sun’s powerful rays.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world which is why getting an annual or biannual full-body skin exam is so important. However in between your dermatologist appointments, here are some common signs of skin cancer to be on the lookout for.

4 Common Signs of Skin Cancer

 

1. Unusual mole or skin growth.

If you have a mole, skin tag, or any other type of lesion that’s noticeably changed in shape or size, it may be a sign of skin cancer. Take note of any growing or discolored moles and make a note to point them out to your dermatologist on your next visit.

2. Bleeding patches.

If any of your skin lesions or moles start bleeding – despite not being injured – then you should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist.

3. Discolorations.

Skin discolorations – or lesions that change color – are a common sign of skin cancer. It’s important to not only track the size of your mole or skin lesion, but its color as well.

4. Any other unusual skin activity.

No one knows your body better than you. If there’s anything else on your skin that doesn’t seem “normal,” then it is always best to schedule a skin check with your dermatologist.

The Importance of Scheduling Annual Skin Cancer Checks

So much of staying on top of your skin’s health involves getting regular full-body skin exams. A board-certified dermatologist can track all of your skin lesions, as well as mark any growth or changes that may have occurred since the last time you were in office. It is a good idea to have an annual skin check to give yourself peace of mind as well as ensure early detection of skin cancer.

If you do have basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma your dermatologist can perform Mohs surgery or excision to ensure the entire cancerous lesion has been removed. 

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Want to learn more about the signs of skin cancer, or need to make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist?

Please schedule your consultation by either filling out the form on this page or by calling Levy Dermatology, serving Memphis & Collierville at (901) 295-0183.

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