Skin cancer

 

Skin cancer is the leading form of cancer among Americans. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that more than two million people discover they have the disease each year. Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. It accounted for more than 75,000 cases of the disease in 2012.
 
Constant sun exposure can damage the skin and increase a person’s risk for developing skin cancer. The first sign of damage is often a discoloration of the skin. Excessive sun exposure can also cause moles and spots to form on the skin. Anyone who has these symptoms or any other sudden changes in the skin should see a dermatologist immediately.
 
They could be the early signs of skin cancer. Some people don’t immediately notice the moles forming on their skin. That’s why it’s important to do a visual inspection on your skin once a month. Look for new or oddly shaped moles. Moles that don’t have hair follicles and colorless moles need the immediate attention of a dermatologist..
 
It’s also important to pay attention to dark spots. In some cases, dark patches are a simply sign of aging. These spots are typically harmless. Dark spots caused by excessive sun exposure will not go away without treatment. That’s what makes them different from age spots.
 
Make an appointment to see a dermatologist if you notice a sudden increase in the number of dark spots on your skin. This can indicate that your skin has sun damage and possibly cancer. It is even more cause for concern if the spots are very dark in color and appeared recently.
 
A person’s chances of surviving skin cancer are much greater if the disease is detected early. You should see a dermatologist at least once a year. The dermatologist can inspect your skin for moles and other abnormalities that you may have missed.

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