Written By Kara Masterson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Skin cancer continues to be among the leading cancer diseases taking the world by storm. With many individuals discovering that they have skin cancer during the final stages, there’s a need to use your eyes as the mirror and go for regular checks with a dermatologist.
Detecting early skin cancer can help you in treating it successfully. With no one-size-fits-all regarding early skin cancer detection guidelines, checking your skin regularly is among the recommendations provided. Individuals at a higher risk of getting skin cancer should perform continuous skin self-exams to detect the skin cancer in its early stages.
If you suspect skin cancer, you need to consult the pros for confirmation and removal. It is paramount to be careful with skin growth. Some may be dangerous, unpleasant to look at, and even lead to melanoma (cancer of the skin). Here are some skin growths you may need to pay attention to:
Some people call moles “beauty marks.” In most cases, they are not harmful and may fade with time. As harmless as moles generally are, some may lead to melanoma. These are round-like moles that may appear as black, brown, tan, pink, and white.
The moment you identify such characteristics, it is essential to get them checked by a dermatologist, one like Advanced Dermatology of Northern California. You should seek an expert’s opinion in other cases whereby a mole may have irregular edges and appear more prominent than the rest with uneven color or pinkness.
You can use the ABCDE rule to help determine the mole’s status. This means you must check the mole’s asymmetry (A), border irregularity (B), the color which is not consistent (C), if the diameter is greater than six millimeters (D), and the evolving size, shape, or color of the mole (E).
However, even when checking, there shouldn’t really be any need to feel any alarm until a suspected mole is checked by a professional.
A wart is a skin infection caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). HPV is common, although some strains result from sexual contact. Such HPV can result in complications, requiring immediate medical attention.
Common wart types include plantar warts and genital warts. Warts are treatable, and it is essential to seek a trained professional’s help the moment you see them, to confirm it is nothing serious.
Seborrheic keratoses are also known as Barnacles of Aging. These skin growths are common throughout adulthood. They are oval-shaped and smaller than an inch with a waxy look. The seborrheic keratoses usually don’t become cancerous but checking them with a dermatologist is essential to ensure they are harmless.
Everyone has skin growths at some point in their lives. In most cases, it is nothing alarming, but it is usually advisable to seek guidance from a dermatologist or a skin expert. The moment you suspect you have skin cancer, seek medical assistance.
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Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys tennis and spending time with her family.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.