How to spot early signs of skin cancer

Are you aware on how to spot the early signs of skin cancer? ☀️

Here’s what to look out for:

* A persistent, non-healing sore:
This is a very common sign of an early BCC. Look out for an open sore that bleeds, oozes or crusts. It can remain open for a few weeks, only to heal then open up and bleed again.

* A pearly, shiny bump or nodule:
They are sometimes clear, but often pink, red or white. The bump can also be tan, black or brown especially in dark haired people and can therefore be confused with a normal mole.

* A pink growth with a rolled, slightly elevated border:
As the growth enlarges, tiny blood vessels may develop on the surface.

* A patch of reddish irritated skin: Sometimes the patch crusts and it may also itch or hurt. At other times, it persists with no discomfort.

* A white, yellow or waxy scar-like area:
Lesions of this nature often have poorly defined borders whilst the skin itself appears taunt. This warning sign may indicate the presence of an invasive BCC that could be much larger than it appears on the surface.

Large or neglected BCC’s can cause extensive local invasion and disfigurement due to surgery, so if you detect anything of this nature, no matter how small – make an appointment with your GP.