Preventative Tips

12 Symptoms you should never ignore

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Posted 07/02/17

Latest statistics show that around 2,200 people are diagnosed with melanoma every year in New Zealand. If detected early, melanoma is almost 100% treatable. If left untreated, it can rapidly spread and become life threatening. Here are 12 symptoms you should never ignore for possible skin cancers:

Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas appear as:

  • Shiny, pearly or waxy bumps
  • Flat, firm, pale areas
  • Flesh-coloured or brown scar-like lesions
  • Firm, red nodules
  • Flat, rough, scaly or crusted lesions

Melanoma may appear as:

  • A new spot on the skin that changes in size, shape or colour
  • An unusual spot that looks different from the other moles or spots on your body
  • Large brownish spots with darkened speckles
  • Small lesions with irregular borders that may include red, white, blue or blue-black colours
  • Dark lesions on the palms, soles of the feet, fingertips, toes or in the mouth

Skin cancer symptoms for lesser-known skin conditions include:

  • Firm, shiny or hard nodules that indicate Merkel cell or sebaceous gland carcinomas
  • Red or purplish patches that indicate Kaposi sarcoma

If you notice any of the symptoms above or have a high number of moles, a personal and/or family history of skin cancer or outdoors lifestyle, don’t put off a skin check until it’s too late. Look after yourself today and get your skin checked regularly.

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