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A collection of articles with medical information on skin cancer and skin health. For useful tips on how to keep your skin healthy, check our Blog.

Skin Moles
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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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What does a melanoma look like?

Most of us who spent a childhood in the sun will be aware that those benign moles we have on our skin may, one day, transform into cancerous melanomas. But what should we be on the lookout for and how can we tell when a mole is actually dangerous? In other words, what does a melanoma look like and how can we work out when a visit to the doctor is needed?

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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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Basal Cell Carcinoma
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Basal cell carcinoma (BCC): What to know

When looking for skin cancer symptoms during a regular skin check, things can get overwhelming. This is because there are so many different types of skin cancer, meaning there is a long list of possible symptoms of skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but there are a number of non-melanoma skin cancers. But what are the other forms? What is Basal Cell Carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer?

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Early melanoma detection
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Early melanoma detection

Early melanoma detection means that it is almost always curable using surgery.

Prognosis improves the earlier melanoma detection occurs. This means that if you check your moles regularly and go to the doctor or dermatologist as soon as you notice any changes, you will be able to spot and get rid of melanoma quickly.

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What does a skin cancer mole look like?

What does a normal mole look like? Normal moles are benign, this means that they are not ­cancerous. They can be tan, brown, dark brown or black and are usually smaller than the width of a pencil eraser. However, some do have the capacity to turn into skin cancer moles. This is why it’s always a good idea to know what a normal mole looks like, so you can check if there have been any changes to yours. You can do this by regularly checking your moles or by taking photos and comparing them.

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How to do a skin cancer check yourself?

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, so looking for it is very important for your health. We recommend that you even perform a check of your entire body every month, especially if you have a history of skin cancer. Because the earlier it is found the more likely it can be cured. To do a skin cancer check by yourself you will need the SkinVision app, a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, and two chairs. You may also need a lamp in case you’re in a dimly lit room or to check less visible parts of your body.

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Early skin cancer symptoms

The importance of catching early skin cancer symptoms is not to be misunderstood: with early detection the chances of recovery are much higher. In fact, a recent study by Euromelanoma states that melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) deaths could be reduced by 54% if detected early: these people could have been treated.

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Skin lesions pictures

There are various types of skin lesions. While some may pose a threat, others are harmless. Skin lesions can be hard to identify. A simple first step is to compare a skin lesion you worry about with skin lesions pictures. Remember that if you don’t feel comfortable about a particular skin spot, you should visit your doctor.

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Malignant melanoma symptoms

Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can develop from abnormal moles. Malignant melanoma symptoms have been closely linked to sun exposure and those who are diagnosed with this form of cancer are often people who have damaged the skin through excessive or unprotected exposure to the sun.

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Skin cancer symptoms pictures

Being able to quickly recognize changes in your skin can be key to identifying potential skin issues. Skin cancer pictures can help with this. It is imperative that each person fully knows their own skin fully in order to monitor changes such as growths or moles or new lumps as these can be indications of poor skin health, melanoma or skin cancer.

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Skin care routine

When it comes to both the appearance and health of your skin, establishing a skincare routine is important. It helps you to form a habit: the habit of looking after your skin. But it’s not that easy to come up with a solid skincare routine that focuses on all areas of the skin. Let’s see if we can help you with that. Here is an easy to follow, but complete, 7-step routine you can implement.

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Types of skin lesions

As there are a lot of types of skin lesions, it can be hard to pinpoint any skin lesion you might have discovered. Therefore it’s always smart to perform a self-check and see your doctor or dermatologist take a closer look. But to learn more about the different types of skin lesions, see below for the most common types and characteristics.

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Skin spots: what are they?

Is your skin breaking out? Moles, rashes, hives, and eczema are just a few of the more than 3,000 skin disorders that affect people every day. Some skin conditions can be minor, temporary, and easily treated — while others can be severe and even deadly. Read on to see signs and symptoms of the most common skin spots and learn how to identify them.

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Skin cancer symptoms

The most apparent symptom of any skin cancer is a lump, patch, or lesion on the skin that is out of the ordinary or doesn’t heal within a few weeks. There are two types of skin cancer, non-melanomas, and melanoma. Non-melanomas are the most common and the most successful to treat, especially if diagnosed quickly. Malignant melanomas can spread to other parts of the body, but if caught early enough can also be successfully treated but may require more radical treatment. So what are skin cancer symptoms?

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Nodular melanoma symptoms
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Nodular melanoma symptoms

Most of us have heard of melanoma – skin cancer that is caused by exposure to the radiation that comes from the sun or from sunbeds. But what is nodular melanoma and what are the most common nodular melanoma symptoms? How do we best keep an eye on our skin to ensure we pick up this form of skin cancer early enough to treat it?

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What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancers and presents in several ways. Let’s dive into the question; What is skin cancer?

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Skin cancer signs: How to look for them

The first principle to keep in mind when looking for the telltale symptoms of skin cancer is that it does not represent a one time or only occasional effort. Effective self-checks for skin cancer should be a routine occurrence. Examining all your skin from head to toe once a month, 12 months a year even in seasonal climates, will allow you to detect any changes early – at a stage when most cases can be fully cured. Those regular self-checks should be enhanced by yearly examinations by your doctor and you should immediately contact your physician if you find one or more of the signs of skin cancer.

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Itchy skin cancer symptom
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Skin cancer symptoms: itching

We have all experienced itching. Itchy skin also is known as pruritus: an uncomfortable skin sensation that typically feels like something is crawling in or even on your skin. There are many causes of itching which include; rash, dry skin, blisters, or even different toxins that contact your skin. But have you ever wondered if itching could be a sign of skin cancer? Many doctors identify painful or itchy skin lesions as an indication or warning sign of skin cancer. Although not the only sign or symptom, itchy skin is amongst one of the features associated with skin cancer.

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Examples of melanoma

Examples of melanoma cases give you an overview of what you need to look out for. Melanoma images display the range of signs produced by the disease and provide a tool to help you recognize any problematic changes to your own skin.

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Malignant melanoma: what is it?

When you are searching the question “what is melanoma” you are likely to come across the term Malignant Melanoma and you might wonder what this means exactly. Is it a type of melanoma and what is melanoma anyway?

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How to get clear skin fast (in a week?)

We know a lot of people are asking themselves the same questions. How to get clear skin fast? Or even: How to get clear skin in a week? And although this is quite impossible, there are ways to get your skin clear super fast. Let’s go through the different steps to take and you’ll be waking up with glowing skin in no-time.

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What is melanoma cancer?

The question “what is melanoma” is one that has probably passed your lips at some point in your life. Melanoma is a word that is often said as part of the warnings about the effects of sunlight on our skin. We associate it with skin cancer and that can make melanoma a scary word to hear. But melanoma comes in different forms and it is certainly detectable, preventable and even curable. So, what is melanoma?

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Skin Cancer Moles: what they are and how to identify them

Also known as beauty spots or blemishes, moles come in all shapes and sizes and can often be distinguishing features on our bodies. Do you know the difference between a harmless mole and a mole that should concern you? Learn how to identify safe and suspicious moles with this quick guide about skin cancer moles.

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Types of skin cancer moles

If you are diagnosed with skin cancer you may have been told that you have a particular type of skin cancer mole and this may be the first time you have become aware that there are different types. It is worth knowing what these are as different melanoma and skin cancer types are as they can have vastly different outcomes and treatments.

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Skin mole check

Conducting a simple skin mole check on your skin at least once every month is the perfect way to help you to notice any changes that might be happening and to have them checked out at an early stage. Your skin mole check should be based on the same checks that your doctor would carry out but can be helped along with the use of photos and online apps.

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Melanoma symptoms pictures

Many of us will put off doing important things like getting ourselves checked by the doctor because we might think our symptoms are not worth their time. But when it comes to skin cancer there really is no time like the present and if you can arm yourself with pictures of your melanoma symptoms, you really have something to show the doctor that can help with diagnosis. Taking melanoma symptoms pictures is well worth the time and effort.

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What is nodular melanoma?

As one of the more serious types of skin cancer, nodular melanoma is one that you should be on the lookout for. It has some distinct differences from the types of melanomas you may be aware of – making it sometimes harder to detect. Knowing what is nodular melanoma is a great start and will certainly put you in a much better position and able to identify the signs at a much earlier stage.

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