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cancer care javeaAs summer approaches, Cancer Care Javea would like to talk to you about skin cancer. It is crucial to be aware of the signs and symptoms, as early detection can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment. Here are some ways you might notice skin cancer:

1. Changing mole or spot: One of the most common indicators of skin cancer is a mole or spot on the skin that changes in appearance. Look for changes in size, shape, colour, or texture, as well as the development of irregular borders or uneven pigmentation.
2. New growth or sore: Pay attention to any new growths, bumps, or sores on the skin that do not heal within a few weeks. These could be signs of skin cancer, particularly very common basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas.
3. Asymmetry and irregular borders: Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, often presents as a mole or spot with an irregular shape and uneven borders.
4. Varied coloration: Melanomas may have multiple shades of brown, black, red, blue, or white within a single spot.
5. Diameter greater than 6 millimetres: Melanomas often have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser (6 millimetres).
We love living in the sun. But remember that ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer. UV rays can damage the DNA in skin cells, leading to genetic mutations that can cause uncontrolled cell growth and the development of cancerous tumours. Sun cream plays a vital role in protecting the skin by absorbing or reflecting these harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of sun damage and subsequent cancer development. Don't risk it! Lather up.

If you notice any skin changes or have concerns about a suspicious spot on your skin, it is essential to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional for a thorough examination and possible biopsy. Early detection and treatment of skin cancer can significantly improve outcomes and reduce the risk of the disease.

We have a weekly drop-in at our Cancer Care office in Javea. Please feel free to visit or call us on the following nurse number if you have concerns: +34 722 684 093.