This is an excerpt from an article by Diana Rodriguez last week on the Website EverydayHealth.Com:
Body Moles and Skin Cancer: What to Look For
To spot the warning signs of skin cancer, it’s important to be able to tell the difference between a normal, healthy mole and a potentially cancerous facial mole or body mole. You’re checking your skin for three main types of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinomas may be flat or slightly raised, have a reddish or pink tint, and often appear shiny. This type of skin cancer is usually found on the face, neck, hands or arms.
Squamous cell carcinomas look like scaly, crusty bumps in the skin. They may also start out as a smooth patch of red skin.
Body moles or facial moles that indicate melanoma may be asymmetrical, have jagged edges, contain several colors, and often tend to be larger than a pencil eraser. You may also notice bleeding after minor irritation of these moles. “A healthy mole is uniform in color and symmetric, while an atypical mole is multi-colored, rapidly growing, and it bleeds,” says Mary C. Martini, MD, director of the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Clinic at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
I notice I get more and more “irregular bumps” on my skin as I age. From time to time I point out ones that look a little suspicious to my oncologist or internist. No one seems too concerned. Guess they are more interested in fighting one cancer at a time! But I probably should see a specialist at some point, just to be safe.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat