Signs of Skin Cancer

Are you worried you might have skin cancer? Dr. Adam Pritzker, your dermatologist at Savanna Dermatology Clinic can examine your skin and give you the proper diagnosis for skin cancer in Savannah, GA. Have a look at these tell-tale signs.

Large Black or Brown Moles

One of the major signs of skin cancer is spotting black or brown moles on your skin. In males, these spots tend to appear on the torso, while in females, they will appear on the lower legs. The spots may also form on the soles of the feet, palms of the hands, and under the nails. Rarely do they occur in a body area that is not covered by skin, such as the eyes, mouth, vagina, or internal organs. Here are some of the characteristics of these moles.

  • These spots lack symmetry. You may notice that one side of the spot does not match another.
  • The edges are notched, irregular, blurred, or ragged.
  • The color of the spot is not the same all over. Some parts will have shades of black and others shades of brown. You might also notice patches of red, pink, blue, or pink.
  • The diameter of these spots is bigger than a quarter of an inch. (about the size of a pencil eraser)
  • The spot changes in size, color, and shape

Not all moles are a sign of cancer. However, if a mole appears and you notice it has any of the characteristics above, you can have Dr. Pritzker examines you for skin cancer in Savannah, GA. If cancer is detected and treated early, your survival rates are higher.

Scaly Patches

Another sign of skin cancer is rough or scaly patches on the skin. If the patches persist after using a moisturizing product, it could be a sign of skin cancer. Scaly patches can also be a sign of Actinic Keratosis (AK). The condition is brought about by excessive sun exposure. If not treated on time, it can progress to squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. Fair-skinned, red-haired and blond people with green or blue eyes are most at risk.

Painful and Itchy Lesions

If you notice an unusual sore, lump, or blemish on a particular area of the skin, this may be a warning sign. The lesions might become swollen, turn red and begin bleeding or oozing. It may also feel tender, painful, and itchy. Skin cancer can be fatal. It is better to take precautions by having yourself checked before the issues worsen.

Are you experiencing any of the signs mentioned? Schedule an appointment with the Savannah Dermatology Clinic. Dr. Adam Pritzker will examine you for skin cancer in Savannah, GA and if you have the condition, start you on treatment. Call (912) 352-8974 today.

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