The world’s most common cancer is a relentless disease that strikes one in five people by age 70. The good news is that we can avoid 90% of skin cancers and cure about 99% of all cases if they are detected early enough. But in order to stop skin cancer, we have to spot it on time, through an AI based skin diagnosis online or by talking to a doctor in person or over online chat or through a video call with a dermatologist.
Skin cancer is a cancer you can see.
Unlike cancers that develop inside the body, skin cancers form on the outside and are usually visible. That’s why skin exams, both at home and with a dermatologist, are especially vital.
Early detection can your save life.
Know what to look for on your own skin or by consulting online gives you the power to detect cancer early when it’s easiest to cure, before it can become dangerous, disfiguring or deadly.
Because skin cancers appear in many shapes and sizes, it’s important to know the warning signs associated with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) and the precancer actinic keratosis (AK).
Melanoma is a more serious type of skin cancer and is prone to spreading in the body, but if recognized early, when it is still confined to the skin’s tissue, melanoma is also highly treatable. The survival rate of melanoma is 98.3% if it is caught in its earliest stages.
What to look for?
If you see something new, changing or unusual, get checked by a dermatologist online right away. It could be skin cancer.
- A growth that increases in size and appears pearly, transparent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored.
- A mole, birthmark or brown spot that increases in size, thickness, changes color or texture, or is bigger than a pencil eraser. Learn the ABCDEs of melanoma.
- A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab or bleed.
- An open sore that does not heal within three weeks.
It can be more difficult to notice changes if you have darker skin. This is because symptoms of skin cancer can be less obvious than those for people with paler skin.
In people with darker or black skin, skin cancer is more likely to affect areas that have less or no sun exposure. These include the lower legs, torso, genitals or areas where there has been long-term scarring, for example after a burn.
Skin Cancer Almost Never Hurts
You should see it before you feel it. Skin cancer almost never hurts in the earliest stage, but when it develops, you may start to feel some itching or notice some bleeding or pain.
Reacting on visual changes is recommended. Don’t wait until it itches or hurts.