If This Black Mark Appeared on Your Nails – Run to a Doctor Right Away
Skin cancer is swift and deadly and, if left untreated, can spread to other organs of your body, from the lymph nodes to the liver and pancreas. Ultimately, if left to progress without medical attention for too long, skin cancer can result in death. We have been aware of the dangers of the sun for a long time now, but completely avoiding exposure to the sun is impossible for all of us. Therefore, if you see any strange-looking black or brown marks on your nails, hands, arms, back – anywhere – a doctor should see you immediately! Skin cancers can grow very quickly from a small brown spot to something very frightening looking, because this cancer is swift-moving.
On Which Parts of the Body Does Skin Cancer Develop
Skin cancer specialists at the Mayo Clinic report that skin cancers develop most often on areas of skin that get the most sun, such as the “scalp, the face, lips, ears neck, chest, arms, and hands, and on the legs in women.” However, in some rare instances, skin cancer can develop on body parts that would not seem to be exposed to excessive sunshine, such as the palms of the hands, beneath your fingernails or toenails, and in the genital area (especially if one has been exposed to the HPV virus).
Early Signs of Skin Cancer
• An unusual growth on your skin of any kind
• Skin color changes of any kind in certain spots
• A sore that won’t heal
• Moles of all kinds, especially if they have odd colors, shapes, or scaly
surfaces, as explained in more detail below.
• Waxy or pearly bumps on the skin
• And flat scar like lesions
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Moles, Especially, Must Be Watched Carefully
Skin cancers usually present at moles of unusual shapes or that are swiftly growing in size. People must mind the ABCD rule, as Baptist East notes, paying special attention to moles that are Asymmetrical, have Borders that are irregular (looking like they are seeping outside of a circular shape or jagged looking at the edges), moles with irregular Colors (where one mole is more than one color) and moles that evolve or change in height, shape, or Diameter or are bigger than six millimeters in Diameter.
Types of Skin Cancer and What They Will Look Like
There are three basic types of skin cancer:
• Basal Cell Carcinoma
• Squamous Cell Carcinoma