Cancer is a very critical illness where your body’s cells grow uncontrollably and cause a tumor. Cancer if treated early can be removed completely or else it can spread to other areas. Cancer can happen anywhere in your body, but there are a few body parts that are sensitive. One such place is the skin, your largest organ.
Watch out for any of these risk factors: family or personal history of skin cancer, precancerous lesions, fair skin, lots of moles, weakened immune system, living in sunny or high-altitude climates, history of sunburns or excessive sun exposure, exposure to radiation or substances like arsenic.
Three different types of skin cancer are squamous cell, basal cell, and melanoma. Each of these look a bit different from the other.
1. Rough, Scaly Patches
Keep checking for rough, scaly patches on your skin which may range from brown to dark pink. This is common among people with fair skin with a history of sun damage.
These rough patches, called actinic keratoses commonly show up on the face, hands and head. They are precancerous skin lesions.
If you find such a patch on your body and are not certain about it, consult a doctor and then keep an eye on the area for any changes.