Spotting signs of skin cancer early is vital to treating this possibly dangerous condition. Basal cell carcinoma appears as a waxy or pearly bump, or brownish-colored flat lesion. Squamous cell symptoms include a red, firm nodule, or flat lesion with a crusty surface. Change is the most important thing to look for when spotting melanoma. A new mole or a difference in size, shape, or color of an existing one is a sign to seek treatment. Remembering ABCDE will help you to recognize symptoms quickly.
A – asymmetry (one half is different than the other)
B – border is irregular (edges are blurred or ragged)
C – color (variations in color)
D – diameter (larger than the size of a pencil eraser)
E – evolution (changes in size, shape, color, and symptoms such as itchiness, tenderness, and bleeding)
You should check yourself regularly, and if you notice any of these signs, contact our Austin, TX office right away. Stop skin cancer before it becomes serious. Make an appointment with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS by dialing (512) 328-8900.
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