In most cases (99 out of 100 cases), skin cancer is visible on the body surface, either through abnormal moles and itching, or through spots or lesions. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and in some cases skin cancer is not visible.
These symptoms, depending on the location, can cause other types of inconvenience, such as pain in different areas of the body, migraines, or other signs that are not appearing on the skin surface. So the symptoms that appear on the skin are no longer the main signs that should worry you, but other types of inconveniences, often confused with the manifestations of other diseases. Discover the 5 skin cancer symptoms you can’t see, since they are not visible on the skin!
Sun exposure – Short-term risks
Sun exposure can cause melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, but also other skin conditions that you should be careful about, such as:
- Sunburns – from redness to second degree burns (with blisters).
- Melasma – during pregnancy, changing the hormonal balance increases skin sensitivity, and exposure to the sun, even occasionally, can induce the appearance of pigmentary spots on the face, known as the pregnancy mask.
- Photodermatosis (Benign Esophageal Leukemia) – UVA triggered rash at first exposure and characterized by skin redness and itching, and polymorphic stroke. It affects both exposed and unexposed areas.
- Photosensitization – fragrances, certain plants, and certain drugs can induce skin reactions triggered in 75% of cases of UVA exposure.
Sun exposure – Long-term risks
Repeated and unprotected sun exposure accelerates and accentuates signs of skin aging, such as deep wrinkles, loss of density and elasticity, and pigmentation spots.
Unprotected exposure to UV rays can also trigger cell alterations by altering their DNA.
If this invisible degradation is repeated, it can lead to skin cancers in the long run:
- Basal cell and spinocellular carcinomas – these tumors only rarely put life in danger, but should be detected early.
- Melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer, which presents a high risk of metastasis. Early detection of melanoma is essential for survival.
What is the risk of making a melanoma?
Anyone can make a melanoma. The risk is higher if you meet one or more of the following conditions:
- Color-sensitive skin – light skin, eyes, and hair.
- Predisposing genetic factors – the presence of numerous moles and personal or family history of skin tumors.
- Serious and repeated sunburns, especially before the age of 15.
- Habit to artificially tan at tanning beds salons – tanning beds use UVA type of UV rays, which is the most dangerous for the skin.
What should you be alerted to?
Early diagnosis is essential for healing and that is why it is essential to learn to self-examine yourself. Here’s what you should be careful about:
- The sudden appearance of new moles.
- 8 out of 10 melanomas appear independently of the existing moles. Therefore new pigment lesions should be spotted immediately.
- Modifying occurring on an existing mole.
- Melanoma can evolve from a mole, too – it changes rapidly, changing its size, shape, and color.
- The ABCDE method and the differentiation method used by dermatologists are helpful in identifying suspicious lesions.
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