Taking Better Care Of Your Skin

When Should You Go In For A Skin Cancer Check

Skin cancer is cancer of the skin, which is usually detected on an external part of the skin first, and then it can spread deeper into the skin tissue, which can eventually spread to other parts of the body, including the organs of the body. Skin cancer can be detected by a dermatology exam and by taking samples of the skin, and then testing those skin samples for cancerous cells. If you have skin cancer cells, then treatments can begin to help treat this condition. If you aren't sure if you have skin cancer, you should know the signs to be aware of and know when to go in for a skin cancer examination. Read on for information about skin cancer checks.

When Your Moles Change

If your moles begin to change colors, change in size, or change in appearance in any way, it could be a sign of skin cancer. You need to have your moles examined if you notice any of these changes. Your moles may darken in color, such as going from brown to black. Your moles may also change in size, growing larger, or they may become jagged around the edges. If you see these changes in your moles, have them checked. You should also be checking your own moles often to watch for these changes.

When You Have Skin Spots That Won't Heal

If you have areas of the skin that aren't healing properly, it's something you need to have inspected. You may have scabs that simply won't heal, or you could have scaly skin that doesn't heal. If you have any of these areas on the body, it's something you need to have examined. You can try to apply moisturizer to the scaly skin, or you can use a product such as Neosporin, but if this doesn't help, or your skin is not healing, you need to have it examined.

Your Skin Is Darkening

If you have patches of the skin that are darkened, such as on the forehead or cheeks, you should have them examined. These patches of the skin could be a sign of skin cancer and should be tested and monitored. 

If you aren't sure if you should have your skin examined for skin cancer, use the information above to use as a guide. If you aren't sure about the areas of your skin and if they are abnormal in any way, consult your dermatologist about them.

For more information, contact a company like Advanced Dermatology of Northern California.