Understanding Skin Cancer
Understanding Skin Cancer is important to differentiate it form other skin problems:
- The uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells is know as Skin cancer.
- Most skin cancers are slow growing.
- it's easy to recognize
- Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, emitted from the sun.
- Their are two Types of Skin Cancers : 1) Non-Melanomas. 2) Caucasian population
- Cancers are most often found in areas that get exposed to a lot of sun, such as the head, neck, and arms, but they can occur elsewhere. Look for new growths, spots, bumps, patches, or sores that don't heal after 2 to 3 months.
- Nearly all skin cancers are preventable by limiting unprotected exposure to the sun.
- Most skin cancers can be treated successfully if detected
Limit your sun exposure during 10am-4pm, cover up your skin, especially your arms and legs. Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect eyes, ears, and face. Wear wrap-around sunglasses. Use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher, and be sure to reapply. Avoid artificial sources of UV light (tanning beds)
- Hair loss
- Hair treatment
- Spots on skin