Skin cancer has become one of the most common types of cancer in the last couple of decades. More people have been diagnosed with some form of skin cancer than every other kind put together in the last 30 years or so. The best defense is how to detect skin cancer in an early stage. There are two categories skin cancer is classified in – Melanoma and Nonmelanoma (Basal Skin Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma).
While melanoma is rare, nonmelanoma skin cancer is quite common, particularly BCC or basal cell carcinoma which is the most common type. People who frequent tanning beds and don’t use sunscreen are at a greater risk of suffering from skin cancer than others. There are also many other risk factors involved like family history.
Some symptoms of skin cancer can be detected by people by checking their bodies. Here are 11 ways to detect skin cancer:
1- Asymmetrical Moles
– Cancerous moles tend to be asymmetrical. This means that the shape isn’t symmetrical and the best way to test this is by drawing an invisible line along the middle of the mole. Do both the parts of the mole match up to each other? If it helps, you can use a sharpie to draw an actual line as well. If the parts are not in symmetry, it could be a problem and you should see a doctor.
2- Moles With Irregular Edges
– Regular moles that crop up in your body have smooth edges. If you have moles in your body that come with jagged edges or irregular edges, they might not be average moles at all. In this case, you should have a loved one inspect all your body (especially the hard to reach areas) and consult a doctor.