Signs You Should Get A Skin Cancer Check

Your skin is one of the largest organs of the body, although most people don't consider their skin to be an organ. If they did, more people may pay closer attention to it and to any issues they may have with it, as they would with their heart, lungs, and kidneys. Some skin concerns you should pay attention to may be new growths, changes to growths, or issues with healing properly. Some of these issues could indicate skin cancer, and if you suspect you have skin cancer, you need to have a proper examination with the dermatologist to determine this diagnosis and treatment options for your particular case. Read on for some skin cancer signs and when to have your skin examined for cancerous cells.

Changes In Moles Or Growths

If you notice any changes in your moles—such as jagged edges around the edge of the mole—or you may notice the color has changed—as in it has darkened or is anything other than brown—you need to pay attention to this. Moles that have grown in size are also something to be wary of. You should have your moles monitored by your dermatologist. They will measure them and pay attention to any changes as well. Other growths should also be monitored. Flesh-colored growths that may look like an albino mole could be a sign of skin cancer, so pay attention to these growths as well.

Scaly Skin Or Dry Patches

If you have dry patches or scaly skin that doesn't seem to heal could be a sign of skin cancer. If you have patches of skin that aren't healing, have this looked at by your dermatologist. Be sure not to pick at these areas, as they will never heal properly if you continue to pick at them. Keep them moisturized and see if they heal, or just go away on their own.

If you notice any of these skin issues, you need to pay attention to them and report them to your dermatologist. Pay close attention to your moles, to any new growths, and to any part of your skin that isn't healing properly or isn't healing at all. If you have any of these skin concerns, you should have a skin cancer check performed by the dermatologist and have a skin cancer screening test performed as needed. Treatment for your skin cancer depends on the severity of cancer and how much it may have progressed. Schedule an appointment with the dermatologist to have your moles and growths examined.

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