How is skin cancer detected?

This Sunday, June 12, marks the start of National Skin Cancer Screening Week. In order to detect in advance the evolution of a possible disease, several examinations exist.

Each year, approximately 80,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in France.

From this Sunday, June 12, the national screening week tends to highlight the different ways to detect this pathology.

In order to optimize the detection of skin cancer, it is advisable to consult your doctor regularly. The professional thus examines the skin in order to identify any changes.

What to look for?

Skin cancer appears as an abnormal area. It can be a sore that won’t heal, a mole, its change in color, size, and even an itchy, irritated, or sore lump.

Symptoms may also be rough red patches or pale white or yellow scar-like areas.

What frequency?

In case of suspicion, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist, to carry out a clinical examination of the skin.

The latter can confirm or not a suspicion of cancer and even remove a suspicious lesion if he considers it necessary.

It is generally encouraged to get checked at least once a year and to perform a self-check every three months.

The causes of skin cancer

One of the primary causes of skin cancer comes from exposure to the sun. Severe sunburn, especially during childhood, increases the risk of melanoma in adulthood.

In addition, people who have fair skin, who tan with difficulty and get sunburn easily are particularly at risk.

Skin cancer can also be hereditary. Indeed, 10% of people with melanoma have a family history.

Finally, the pathology may appear more frequently in people with irregular and multicolored moles.

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