Melanoma Skin Cancer begins in cells that produce pigment. According to the NCI (National Institute of Cancer), there are more than 68,000 new cases and close to 9,000 Melanoma Skin Cancer deaths in the US each year. You can get more information about skin cancer general practitioners online at https://epfamilyclinic.com.au/skin-cancer-gp.
The first sign of melanoma usually changes shape or color, and perhaps the size of moles moment there. You should see your doctor if you notice a sudden change or constantly in shape and size or color of a mole. Sometimes melanoma appears on your skin as a new mole.
It's very easy to memorize what you are looking for. There are five parameters involved are:
- Asymmetry: When the form of half of the mole is not the same as the shape of the other half.
- Border: When the pigment spreads to nearby skin so the borders and edges are usually vague and ragged.
- Color: It is usually uneven. Usually, there are shades of brown or black or some white areas, gray and red, or sometimes pink.
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- Diameter: Size can be very different but melanoma is usually greater than 6 mm or ¼ inch.
- Developing: When the mole has changed over the last few weeks or months.
There are some other warning signs and symptoms:
- When you see a new lump
- When the color spread to the nearby skin area
- When you see redness or swelling that is outside the mole itself
- When you feel sick
When melanoma is more advanced, the texture of the mole may change. The skin becomes hard and the skin surface is sometimes damaged and scratched. Sometimes even bleeding has been reported and may be itchy or painful.