The words that you have always dreaded hearing are coming out of your doctor’s mouth. “I’m sorry, you have skin cancer.” The conversation can now go two ways. Your doctor may say, “I’m glad you came in when you did. We caught it in time, this shouldn’t be fatal.” Or your doctor might say, “I’m so sorry. There isn’t much I can do. If only we had caught this sooner.”
There are several warning signs a person can watch for. It is crucial that you are aware of what is going on with your body.
While there are many forms of skin cancer, there are only two basic categories. Melanoma and non-melanoma.
Melanoma is not as common as non-melanoma cancer, and that is a good thing. Melanoma cancer spreads very quickly through the body and is therefore very difficult to treat. Early diagnosis of melanoma is crucial if you are wanting to lead a normal, long life.
Signs of cancer can be very different from person to person. For some people, it may be as simple as a sore or growth that won’t heal properly in a reasonable time.
Other signs may include but are not limited to, lumps that seem to be shiny, red, or smooth. Or they could be rough and scaly patches of skin. Just because there is a change in your skin doesn’t necessarily mean that you have skin cancer, but you need to stay on the safe side and have it checked out.
While skin cancer can be fatal if left to itself, it can be treated. Because of recent medical breakthroughs, it is able to be treated faster and more efficiently. One guard against skin cancer is to wear adequate clothing and sun block when you are out in the sun. If you do your best to limit your unprotected exposure to the sun, you have a higher chance of remaining skin cancer free.