Skin cancer is usually very treatable when it is caught early. Early detection means the patient has a high chance of a full recovery and low likelihood of complications. It is important to know what to look for in order to catch skin cancer early. Knowing the difference between healthy moles, freckles, bumps and lesions and the type often lead to skin cancer is crucial. Luckily photographs depicting these differences are easily available to those who are interested in seeing them. This article offers suggestions for finding photos of healthy skin, as well as the different variations and stages of skin cancer pictures.
Start off by visiting a dermatologist. Most dermatology offices have handouts and fliers featuring healthy skin pictures versus skin that has developed skin cancer pictures. Large posters depicting the same comparisons are often displayed in both the waiting area and exam rooms. The posters make it clear to see the differences between a normal, healthy mole and one that you should be concerned about. If your doctor doesn't have skin cancer pictures available ask him for recommendations of places to find it. He may have books or magazines in his office he can bring out to show you containing skin cancer pictures. If your dermatologist can't show you images of the types of moles you should be watching out for, consider changing to another practice.
Skin cancer pictures can easily be found on the Internet by simply doing a web search for "skin cancer pictures." Color photographs depicting healthy skin versus that with skin cancer will come up easily for your viewing. You will be able to see photos of skin cancer in the early stages and view the progression. This will make it easier for you to spot suspicious changes in your own skin and enable you to seek treatment even quicker. Websites such as www.cancer.org are a good place to start. Your dermatologist should be able to offer you additional suggestions.
Head to the local library to do some research. Type "skin cancer" into the search bar of the database system. This will show you where books on the topic are located. Bring the books to a table a few at a time to flip through or simply sit on the floor right in the aisle. You should be able to find dozens of books that feature photographs of skin cancer lesions. Seek out books with color photos. Compare your own moles and other markings to those featured in the book. Most books will show both healthy skin and skin that has or is developing skin cancer.
Notice the differences in the appearances of moles with different types of skin cancer. A red bump may signify a basal cell carcinoma while irregular borders are often a symptom of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. There are five types of skin cancer so take care to notice the differences in appearance in each kind as you look at the skin cancer pictures.
Take your own skin cancer pictures even if your skin is healthy. This will help you to monitor changes in your skin easier. Take photos of moles, freckles and any other bumps or imperfections each month. Ask your partner or a trusted friend to help you with hard to reach spots, such as your back. This will help you spot changes and get treatment faster if something develops.
Contact the American Cancer Society in your area for more information.