Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases in the modern world. Though treatable in most cases, skin cancer can be deadly, and it is also the most common type of cancer – making early detection and treatment a must. Fortunately, with modern detection techniques – and a knowledge of where skin cancer hides – you can determine whether or not a visit to your local dermatologist is needed. Read on (or view the infographic above) for more information about where skin cancer hides:
Scalp and Neck
The back of the neck and the scalp have a higher chance of melanoma-specific cause of death than any other part of the body
Surprising, but 5-10% of skin cancers are in the eyelid. Check with your eye doctor or a dermatologist – like Dr. Wright – for more information
Mouth / Oral
If you ever happen to have a lingering canker sore for more than two or three weeks, have your dermatologist or dentist take a further look
This may not always be the most fun for a checkup, but if you are at risk, this could save your life.
Feet / Between the Toes
Melanoma of the foot has a 50% death rate within the first 5 years
Don’t forget to check behind your ears. This area is often neglected, but is just as vulnerable as others.
Armpit and Lymph Nodes
The Spreading of Melanoma typically starts here first.
Under Finger Nails
Skip the polish for a week and ask your dermatologist to check for irregular pigment beneath the nail
Don’t skip your regular checks here. When in doubt, request one.