What Are the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer?

What Are the Warning Signs of Skin Cancer?

Three Rivers Dermatology in Coraopolis, PA and serving Pittsburgh, PA, is here to help if you're concerned about skin cancer. Dr. Damon McClain and Dr. Susannah Berke can diagnose and treat various types of skin cancer. Keep reading about skin cancer and come see us for an exam.

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer. Protecting yourself from the sun's UV rays is the best thing you can do to protect your skin, but you still need regular examinations to look for signs of skin cancer in Coraopolis, PA. In between appointments, look out for these warning signs of skin cancer

Changes in the appearance of lesions

Changes to skin after a mole removal - If you have a mole removed, keep a close eye on the healing skin. If you notice a change in the color or texture of the skin it could mean cancer has spread deeper into the skin.

Changes in fingernails and toenails - Examine your fingernails and toenails regularly for dark spots or what looks like streaks under the nail covering where skin cancer can develop.

Persistent sores or bleeding - Moles or red bumps that bleed can indicate skin cancer, and skin cancer can also cause open sores that don't heal.

Impaired vision - Ocular melanoma affects the eyes and can cause the presence of floaters in your vision or blurred vision.

Scaly patches - Dry, scaly patches of skin can be a sign of several things including precancers called actinic keratoses, which can develop into squamous cell carcinoma.

Itching - If you have unexplained itchy skin that is persistent and confined to a certain spot or mole, it could indicate skin cancer.

While these can all be signs of skin cancer, some symptoms don't develop until the cancer reaches an advanced stage, which is another reason why regular appointments are so important. Dr. Damon McClain and Dr. Susannah Berke of Three Rivers Dermatology can help if you've been diagnosed with skin cancer in Coraopolis, PA, or Pittsburgh, PA. Contact us for an appointment at (412) 262-4911.

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