Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and is acknowledged to be closely linked to sun exposure or exposure to UV rays. Because of this, the face is an especially vulnerable body part as it is one of the most exposed areas. This means that skin cancer on the face is especially common and recognising symptoms quickly can lead to more successful and less invasive treatment. Skin cancer can produce a number of symptoms and it is important to recognise all of them in order to reduce vulnerability of a late diagnosis. Below are some of the most common symptoms associated with skin cancer located on the face.
Change in moles or freckles
Moles and freckles should remain constant in their appearance and so changes to the ways in which they look should make you analyse them more closely. If you have any moles or freckles on your face, be vigilant in assessing changes such as:
– Increasing size
– Raised areas
– Bleeding or crusty edges or tops of the mole or freckle
– Changes in colour
– Changes in shape
New moles or lumps.
If a new mole or lump appears on your face, it is wise to seek medical attention to ensure that this is not a sign of cancer. Lumps may be white, pink or red and not disappear after a few weeks, Unlike a spot, there is not necessarily a ‘head’ to the lump and the lump can be painful, painless, itchy or tender.
Black dots or blemishes
Any black dots or patches on your skin should be assessed by a medical practitioner at the earliest opportunity. These areas might bleed or appear without linked pain or discomfort. This may be a symptom of the development of cancerous cells on the face.
Lumps or sores that do not heal
Any lump or damage to the skin that does not heal as quickly as normal should be assessed by your GP. One of the symptoms of skin cancer on the face and other body parts is the inability for wounds to heal as quickly as they normally would. Your GP will assess any potential threats and refer you if necessary.
If you have any changes to the skin on your face and you are the slightest bit concerned, it is always advisable to seek medical attention to rule out any threat of skin cancer. Your GP will quickly assess whether a referral is needed and prognosis is much more positive for early diagnosis of this disease.