Signs of Skin Cancer

Are you having abnormal growths on your skin? Contact Dr. Manuel Hernandez, your Port Charlotte, FL, dermatologist, for skin cancer checkups.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is an abnormal, uncontrolled growth in your skin cells. In most cases, it develops because of prolonged sun exposure. Sometimes, it can appear on skin areas that are not exposed to the sun. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma are the major types of skin cancer.

What are the causes of skin cancer?

Skin cancer occurs when there is a mutation affecting your DNA. The damage of the DNA in your skin cells results mainly from excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which is found in sunlight and the tanning bed's lights. When cancer develops in an area that doesn't have UV light exposure, sun exposure can not be the cause. That means there are other factors, like exposure to toxic substances or having a disease that weakens your immune system, that can increase your risk of the disease.

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

Every type of skin cancer differs from the other types in the signs and symptoms. The basal cell carcinoma appears as a waxy bump, brown lesion, or bleeding sore that heals and returns continuously. On the other hand, the squamous cell carcinoma may look like a firm, red nodule. Finally, melanoma signs can include any of the following:

  • A large brown spot
  • A change in the color and size, or bleeding in a mole
  • A skin lesion with irregular borders
  • A painful skin lesion with a burning sensation
  • Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingers, or toes

Whenever you notice any change in your skin or any signs of skin cancer, contact your Port Charlotte, FL, dentist, Dr. Hernandez.

How can you prevent skin cancer?

The following are some important tips to help you prevent skin cancer:

  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun, use sunblocks, and wear protective clothes
  • Do not use the tanning beds
  • Pay close attention to your skin and tell your doctor if you noticed any abnormal changes

Contact us 

To learn more about skin cancer, contact your Port Charlotte, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Hernandez. Call us at (941) 764-7773 to schedule your appointment.