SkinVision Blog

Useful information on skin cancer, melanoma, skin moles, and how to keep your skin healthy. For medical information about skin cancer, check our library.

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Who gets skin cancer?

As skin cancer is now one of the most common types of cancer globally, more and more people are becoming aware of the risk. And that’s a good thing of course. But it also raises the question ‘am I at risk?’. Which can be answered with a ‘yes’ in most cases. So to make things a bit more clear: who gets skin cancer?

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Where is squamous cell carcinoma found?

As you might already know, squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer. While squamous cell carcinoma can be treated very well when found early, this type of skin cancer also has the potential to spread to the lymph nodes. In that case, it becomes very dangerous. At first squamous cell carcinoma will often appear as a scaly lump, a red scaly sunspot, or a crusted sore. But where is it commonly found?

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The benefits of health apps in corporate health programs

Corporate health programs are on the rise as more and more employers prioritize the benefits of a healthy and happy workforce. The Global Wellness Institute estimates that corporate health programs are already approximately 40-billion-dollar industry worldwide. Not only do employees who feel well, work well, but they are less likely to incur additional costs to the company in terms of sick pay or loss of profit.

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Why it’s so important to check for new moles and skin spots

Once again it has become clear why it’s important to be aware of how your skin looks. You are probably already checking for any changes in the moles on your body. Which is a wise thing to do? But it turns out that new moles and skin spots that are even more important to look for. A new study indicates that most skin cancers come from these new arrivals.

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Are skin cancer spots raised or flat?

Detecting possible signs of skin cancer can be difficult. There are certain rules to follow – and of course tools like SkinVision enable you to perform self-checks. But with many possible signs and symptoms, it can be hard to know if you need to go and see your doctor. One of these signs is the fact that a mole can be raised or flat: does that indicate possible skin cancer? Let’s find out.

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Unexpected places to look for skin cancer

When we talk about the areas on our body where skin cancer appears, studies have shown that there are a few common places to point out. In the illustration below, we pinpoint specific places for both men and women. Although it is crucial to know this, there are also uncommon, or even unexpected places to look for skin cancer.  

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Where does melanoma occur?

Melanoma is the rarest yet deadliest form of skin cancer, accounting for a large majority of skin cancer deaths. If caught early, melanoma is usually easy to treat with a minor surgery. The key is knowing the warning signs and where to look before it spreads.

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Beauty bloggers guide to summer skin health

As the northern hemisphere is enjoying the summer right now, taking care of our skin is more important than ever. As you may know, the sun has two sides to it: we enjoy the sun and take vitamin D from it, but at the same time it’s the biggest cause of skin cancer. That’s why we asked a few of our favorite beauty & skincare bloggers to share their summer skin health tips with you.

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How skin cancer can be prevented

Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer. Which means that something has to change. We need to be more aware of the risks of skin cancer, which symptoms will occur, and how we can make sure that we find skin cancer early so it can be treated. Even better still, we need to know how to prevent skin cancer. Let’s take a look at the most important precautions you can take.

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Where is skin cancer found?

The short answer is that skin cancer can be found anywhere; however, certain skin cancers are more likely to occur in certain places. Below we go over where skin cancer is typically found in the most common forms of skin cancer. 

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Men and women: Where is melanoma most common?

With skin cancer on the rise for decades, it’s very important to be aware of the possible risks – and also how to spot these risks. When you start to take a close look at your body, you’ll notice that it’s not that easy to monitor your skin. With the SkinVision app, we give you a tool that helps you to do this.

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What skin care products do dermatologists recommend?

Skincare is not an easy topic to discuss. With so many possibilities to set up a skincare routine – and so many products to choose, chances are you might get lost in all of these choices. So let’s ask the experts, shall we? Dermatologists see and treat people’s skin every day. They know what affects the skin and how to take the best care of it. So: what skincare products do dermatologists recommend? We sat down with two of them to find out.

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Skin cancer fatigue: what can you do?

When we take a look at public communities like Patientslikeme, it shows that one of the most common symptoms of a skin cancer diagnosis is fatigue. Skin cancer fatigue is, therefore, something that a large group of people has to deal with every day. So what can you do?

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Why skin cancer is on the rise

Skin cancer is on the rise and is now the most common cancer for young people. That sounds alarming, and it is. If we look back a few decades, skin cancer rates have been climbing steadily – and there is no stopping it soon. But why is that? Let’s take a look at the different factors that contribute to the rise of skin cancer, and how we can possibly put a stop to it.

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Are skin cancer screenings covered by insurance?

The key to treating skin cancer is finding it early. If detected early, there are many more treatment options available. And even better, of course, is to prevent it from ever happening. Although that’s difficult, regular screenings will help.

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Are skin cancer spots painful?

Are skin cancer spots painful? In short, sometimes. Painful or itchy spots can be an indication of skin cancer, but skin cancer lesions are not always painful. What’s important is recognizing the other warning signs of skin cancer so that you can identify a cancerous or pre-cancerous growth should one appear on your skin. 

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Where does basal cell carcinoma originate?

Basal cell carcinoma forms in the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis. There is some debate about which cells the cancer originates, but recent research points to epidermal stem cells as the culprit. The cancer was named after basal cells located in the lower part of the epidermis as the cancer cells look like basal cells under a microscope. Read further about where Basal Cell Carcinoma originates.

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How melanoma is diagnosed

Doctors often get asked how melanoma is diagnosed. Before a biopsy or a physical exam, they will typically ask about your symptoms. They might ask you when your mole or growth first appeared if it is bleeding, oozing, crusting or painful, or if it has evolved or changed over time.

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White spots on skin

The appearance of white spots on skin indication a loss of pigmentation, which can be the result of a number of skin conditions. The prime concern for the majority of sufferers is the aesthetics of this condition because cosmetically, white spots on skin can be a very obvious condition. However, it is vital to understand whether such changes are symptoms of an underlying or serious skin complaint. Recognising any changes in your skin is key to minimising the risk of skin cancer and other related serious complaints.

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Skin moles

The majority of the population in the world has them: moles. Skin moles are therefore not dangerous by itself, but that could change over time. As moles remain a mystery to most of us, and we get a lot of questions about them, we take a closer look to this phenomenon that appears on our body. Some moles are there when we are born while others will appear later in life: does this make a difference in regards to risk? Let’s take a look.

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Skin lesions

Our skin sometimes seems to have a will of its own. While we try to take good care of our skin to make it smooth and looking healthy, skin lesions or other anomalies may appear. There are quite a few skin lesions that could occur on your skin, and while some of them pose a threat – the majority can be dealt with pretty easily. Let’s take a look at the different skin lesions that are common, and what they mean for your skin.

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Red spots on skin

It is important to recognize and have a medical assessment on any changes to your skin to minimize the risk of any serious complaints such as skin cancer or melanoma. Red spots on skin can be unsightly and accompanied by a number of other complaints and so it is vital to seek medical attention at the earliest opportunity to ensure that any conditions can be effectively and quickly treated.

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Combination skin

There are a lot of different skin types. Some of them are more sensitive or pose a higher risk for skin diseases. Others might need a lot more taking care of, which is the case with combination skin. Combination skin is basically a mix of different skin types, and it is common for both men and women. So how to deal with this kind of skin?

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What is melanoma?

The usual melanoma symptoms are a mole changing its shape, color or size. Moles are often brown in color, flat or slightly raised, oval or round. New moles that appear later in life should be checked out by your doctor. If you notice an unusual lump, sore or blemish anywhere on your skin, it is important to keep an eye on it as this could be an indication of melanoma. So what is melanoma?

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Symptoms of melanoma skin cancer

If you see a new spot or new mole on your body that is itchy, feels painful or bleeds, get it checked out immediately by your doctor. The symptoms of melanoma skin cancer vary tremendously so it’s important to make sure any blemish or irregular-looking mole is investigated and treated.

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Are moles dangerous?

Are moles dangerous? In and of themselves, moles are not dangerous. A mole is just an area of skin with extra pigment. The pigment gathers in a rounded shape, which is sometimes raised, and this is the mole.

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