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Believe it or not, skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is defined as the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. The main cause of skin cancer is the SUN and TANNING BEDS. Too much exposure to the sun causes redness and irritation to the skin that can cause skin cancer. Similarly, tanning beds is bad for your skin due to too much exposure to light. There are three major types of skin cancer:
1. Basal Cell Carcinoma – Usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your neck or face.
2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Occurs on sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your face, ears and hands.
3. Melanoma – Can develop anywhere on your body, in otherwise normal skin or in an existing mole that becomes cancerous.
Be careful for these warning signs on your skin:
• A large brownish spot with darker speckles
• A mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds
• A small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black
• Dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina or anus
• A pearly or waxy bump
• A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion
• A firm, red nodule
• A flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface
Here are some pictures to help you with these warning signs: