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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.

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How to know your skin type

Understanding your own skin type is key to ensuring that you are able to manage your skin health to the optimum level. It is important to recognise the differences in order to get the most from your health, appearance and skin care regime.

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Where does melanoma start
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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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Early signs of melanoma
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Signs of skin cancer moles

Most of us have at least a few moles on our skin and for the most part, we don’t tend to think anything of them. But what if your mole was developing into a skin cancer – would you be able to spot the signs of skin cancer moles? Do you know the changes to look out for and at what point should you visit the doctor for advice?

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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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Skin lesions images

It can be easy to get very worried when we see a mark, spot or mole on our skin and assume that it might be a type of skin cancer. But in the vast majority of cases, a skin lesion is nothing more than an annoying skin condition that in itself is not harmful and can probably be easily treated. It can be really helpful to compare these skin lesion images with images of skin cancer to see the difference. It doesn’t take the place of getting a proper diagnosis from a doctor, but may make you worry a little less.

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Skin type test

Knowing your skin is the first step to its effective care. Within the SkinVision app, there is a skin type test. Once you understand your skin quality, you can choose products and develop a routine that helps it be healthy. Identifying what skin type you have can be confusing when you don’t know where to start. Or you have an idea, but you want a second opinion to ensure you are on the right track.

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Early melanoma pictures

One thing we should all know about skin cancer (and eventually all types of cancer) is that an early diagnosis can save lives. Because cancer is most treatable at early stages you have to be aware of the self-check methods. In this post, we gather early melanoma pictures that you can compare to any suspicious moles you may have.  This will help you identify skin cancer in time.

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What melanoma moles look like
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Malignant melanoma pictures

Malignant melanoma comes in many shapes and sizes. This can make it difficult to know what to look for when identifying possible melanomas on your skin. That’s why having images to use as reference is a good way to understand what you’re looking at. While most moles are non-cancerous or benign, any new or changing moles are cause for suspicion. Take a look at these examples of malignant melanomas below to help you identify cancerous spots on your skin, and contact a doctor immediately if you notice anything suspicious.

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Primary Skin Lesions

Skin lesions come in many different forms and can be symptoms of a variety of diseases and underlying issues. There are eleven types of primary skin lesions that can occur on our skin. Take a look at the main types below and learn more about how to identify them on your skin.

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Early skin cancer pictures

One of the best ways to detect skin cancer early and to prevent the spread of cancer is to take early skin cancer pictures. This might seem like an odd thing to do – but documenting your moles, early skin cancers and skin abnormalities can be crucial when it comes to identifying those skin cancers that have become worse or are potentially spreading in a life-threatening way.

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How to get healthy skin

Our skin is the largest organ we have in our body and it is ever-changing, growing and developing. We put it through all kinds of destructive behavior including sun exposure, pollution, exposure to irritants such as chemicals and yet somehow it always seems to bounce right back. But if you want to know how to get healthy skin, you will know that you need to do a little more than simply live in it – you need to look after it.

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Early signs of melanoma
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Symptoms of melanoma cancer

Knowing the very early symptoms of melanoma cancer will help you to know when is the best time to visit your doctor – because early treatment is one of the most important factors when it comes to recovery from skin cancer. But you won’t know to visit your doctor if you don’t have an awareness of those early signs to watch out for. Our list of early (and later) symptoms of melanoma cancer will help you to get that all-important treatment.

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Other symptoms of melanoma

Most of us know the basics when it comes to spotting the signs of melanoma. We know our ABCDEs, we inspect our moles and we try our best to track changes in our skin over time. But sometimes melanoma presents itself in more insidious ways that we may not have considered. So what are the other symptoms of melanoma?

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What causes skin lesions?

Our skin protects us from the environment. It acts as an adaptable barrier from potential bacteria and other threats to our health. But sometimes our skin is compromised, and lesions form. When this happens, it can be worrying and unsettling. We may wonder: what is this new mark on my skin? Where did it come from and why? In this post, we address what causes skin lesions to help you understand what’s normal for your skin.

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When melanoma comes back
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Skin cancer moles on back

Most of us can quickly identify the moles that we have on our skin, but what about the skin cancer moles on your back – would you even know if you had any? The trouble with possible or potential skin cancer moles on your back is that you cannot get a good view of them, so they are hard to keep an eye on. So what can you do to prevent those moles that are out of sight from becoming a problem without you even knowing?

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What are skin moles?

Most of us will have discolorations and marks on our skin and most of these are perfectly harmless. However, in some cases, you may have moles that you need to keep an eye on in the long term to ensure they do not become cancerous. But what are skin moles? If you don’t know, you will find it very hard to track them to ensure you stay safe. So our handy guide should point you in the right direction.

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Signs and Symptoms of Melanoma
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What causes white spots on skin?

Most of us have patches of skin that have, for some reason, lost the correct pigmentation and are left white – compared to the rest of the normal colored skin. These white spots on the skin may look a little unsightly but are generally harmless. But if you want to avoid getting these white spots on your skin, knowing the causes might help you to keep your natural skin tone.

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White spots on the skin (with pictures)

New white spots on the skin can trigger an alarm. You may wonder why they suddenly appear, and for what reason. Understanding the most critical causes of depigmentation on the skin is the best way to answer questions and ease fears.

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How to get rid of white spots on skin

White spots on skin can look unsightly regardless of the causes and most of us will want to cover them up or get rid of them if at all possible. In some cases, the cause of the spots is out of our control, but in others, prevention may well be the best cure as most white spots will not disappear once they have appeared.

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Combination skincare

If you have combination skin you probably already know it – it will have random dry patches, with oily patches in other places. You will find it hard to find a good skincare routine as treating these two parts of your skin with one product is tricky. Below we will outline the best practice skincare routines for combination skin and hopefully make this less of a concern for you.

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Winter skin care tips

When winter comes along, we all grab for the parkas and the gloves, but what should we reach for to keep our face and skin protected? The frigid conditions and dry winter air mean that hydration — and skincare— is more important than ever. Read on for some winter skincare tips that will keep your face looking as fresh as the new snow on the ground.

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Skin cancer moles symptoms

Telling the difference between a cancerous mole and a harmless one is a tricky task and one you don’t want to mess around with. According to the World HealthOrganization, there are about 132,000 new cases of melanoma worldwide each year, and although melanoma only accounts for approximately 1% of skin cancer cases, it is responsible for a large majority of skin cancer deaths. That’s why it’s important to know the warnings signs of skin cancer symptoms before they lead to melanoma or another non-melanoma form of skin cancer.

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Skin cancer pictures on arm

Melanoma can take many forms and show up in many places on the body. Our arms are especially vulnerable because they are more regularly exposed to the sun than other areas of our body. While melanoma comes in many variations, there are some common signs and symptoms of which we can take heed, and knowing what those symptoms look like is another tool we can use to take control of our health and catch skin cancer early. This article has a number of examples of pictures of skin cancer on the arm.

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Symptoms of melanoma on the scalp

Typically we expect melanoma to appear as a mole or an unfamiliar spot visible on our skin. We may imagine that it will show up on our arms, shoulders or legs while showering or during a skin self-exam. Sometimes, though, melanoma can develop in areas that we wouldn’t expect and are harder to detect on our own, such as the scalp. Read here all you need to know about the symptoms of melanoma on the scalp.

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Physical symptoms of melanoma
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Physical symptoms of melanoma

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and one whose risk dramatically increases with sun exposure. Knowing the symptoms of melanoma can be the key to detecting it early and saving your life. Melanoma typically begins as a new mole or skin growth, so its signs are usually visible. Take a look at the most common physical symptoms of melanoma below and learn how to identify it early.

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