What are the early signs of skin cancer, and how can I perform self-examinations?

Early signs of skin cancer include changes in moles, persistent sores, or unusual growths. Regular self-examinations using the ABCDE rule help detect abnormalities for timely professional evaluation and intervention.

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Recognizing the early signs of skin cancer is crucial for timely intervention.

Here’s an informative breakdown:

Types of Skin Cancer

There are three primary types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Each can present with unique signs.

Common Signs of Skin Cancer

Look out for any changes in existing moles or the appearance of new moles that exhibit irregularities in color, size, shape, or elevation.

Additionally, persistent sores that don’t heal, rough or scaly patches, or growths with unusual borders warrant attention.

Self-Examination Steps

Perform self-examinations monthly.

Use a mirror to inspect hard-to-see areas, or ask someone for assistance.

Check your entire body, including the scalp, between fingers and toes, under nails, and even the soles of your feet.


Follow this guide for potential warning signs of melanoma:

Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color changes, Diameter larger than a pencil eraser (6mm), and Evolution or changes over time.

Seek Professional Help

If you notice any suspicious changes or abnormalities during self-examination, consult a dermatologist promptly for a professional evaluation.


Early signs of skin cancer may present as changes in moles, sores, or patches.

Regular self-examinations are crucial, and any unusual findings should prompt a visit to a dermatologist.

Make self-examinations a monthly habit to monitor your skin’s health.

If you spot any concerning signs, schedule an appointment with our dermatology department for expert evaluation and guidance.

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