Most common skin cancers include:
 

  • Basal cell -a pearly or waxy bump; a flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion on sun exposed skin such as face and neck
     

  • Squamous cell - a firm, red nodule; flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface on sun exposed areas such as your face, ears and hands. 

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  • Melanoma - a large brownish spot with darker speckles; A mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds; a small lesion with an irregular border and portions that appear red, white, blue or blue-black; dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina or anus
     

  • Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions. When melanoma occurs in people with dark skin tones, it's more likely to occur in areas not normally exposed to the sun, such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

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For pictures or more information on skin cancer, check out the Mayo Clinic's web page.

  • The best way to protect your skin from the sun and prevent skin cancer is to use sunblock every day.

  • Sunblock also prevents premature aging of skin!

  • For information on what type of sunblock to choose click here.