How to spot skin cancer


The summer of 2019 has been quite hot. It started with a lot of rain, but July and August have been mostly clear and sunny, with very little in the way of precipitation. With the sunny days upon us, it is imperative to apply copious amounts of sunscreen with a SPF rating of at least 30+. This will not only help to keep your skin moisturized but will also reduce the risk of exposure to damaging UV rays which can burn your skin and lead to squamous cell carcinoma – Skin Cancer.

If you like being outside and active in the summer, it is important to routinely check your body (or have your partner check look) for new moles or unusual spots.

Here is a short list of things you should be on the lookout for:

  1. Any new moles, non-uniformly shaped red spots

  2. Moles that increase in size and are variable in colour (red to brown or black)

  3. Any spots that become raised or develop a hard lump

  4. The surface a mole that is scaly, rough or ulcerated

  5. Itchy or tingly moles

  6. Bleeding or weeping moles

  7. Spots that look different from other spots on your body.

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