7 Skin Cancer Symptoms That People Need To Pay Attention To

Most of the time, and in 99 out of 100 cases, skin cancer is clearly visible outside the body, especially on the skin, although realiz...

Skin Cancer Symptoms That People Need To Pay Attention To

Most of the time, and in 99 out of 100 cases, skin cancer is clearly visible outside the body, especially on the skin, although realizing that a bizarre mole, a rash, a spot or lesion is malignant, is not always easy. However, there are exceptions to all the rules, and in some cases, there are no visible signs of skin cancer. Instead, the disease manifests itself with symptoms that are not easily suspected. Here is the list of 7 symptoms that need to be monitored.

Bumps under the skin



Bumps under the skin in places such as the armpits, groin and neck, although they may also be in other areas, may be a sign of cancerous metastases in the lymph nodes. According to Jeremy Davis, a clinical instructor and surgeon at UCLA Health, there are situations where the immune system takes care of the primary mole or skin lesion even if the cancer itself has metastasized. So the cancer started on the skin, but the person did not notice it.

If you notice such a mass, you should make an appointment with your doctor.

Abdominal pain


Melanoma, a type of skin cancer, can also metastasize to the liver. The symptom of metastasis is pain in the "right upper quadrant" of the abdomen. But many other medical conditions cause pain in this area, such as gallstones. But even if the pain does not cause a lot of problems, it is recommended to consult a doctor.

Difficulty of breathing

Melanoma metastases can also be found in the lungs. They usually manifest as shortness of breath and constant coughing. If you have these symptoms, the risks of signs of cancer are very low. The symptoms usually indicate a different pathology, for example, asthma or bronchitis, but they always justify a medical examination.

Joint pain


In addition to all the areas mentioned above, your bones can also be affected by melanoma metastases. The symptoms are similar to those of arthritis. If you have pain in your joints, consult a doctor who can then make a diagnosis.

Vision problems

Melanocytes are cells that produce melanin, a pigment that gives color to skin, hair and eyes. Melanoma begins in melanocytes, which means that your eyes can be affected first. In such cases, the symptoms are vision problems and pigments or discolorations in the iris of the eye, according to Dr. Davis.

Spasms and other abdominal problems

Melanoma can cause problems with the gastrointestinal tract. According to Dr. Davis, diarrhea, constipation, cramps or pain can also be symptoms of skin cancer.

Headache


Although this is rare, melanoma can begin in the brain. Symptoms include headaches, seizures or cognitive problems. These symptoms may be a sign of primary cerebral melanoma or melanoma metastases.

What are the causes of skin cancer?

The most common risk factors for skin cancer are:

Exposure to ultraviolet light, either from the sun or from tanning booths. People with fair skin, hazel or blue eyes, and people with blond or red hair are particularly vulnerable. The problem is worse in high altitude areas or near the equator where sun exposure is more intense.
  • A defective immune system against underlying diseases such as AIDS or cancer, or certain drugs.
  • Exposure to ionizing radiation or chemicals known to predispose to cancer, such as arsenic.
  • People with a history of skin cancer have a 20% chance of developing a second skin cancer over the next two years. Vigilance is therefore appropriate.
  • Older people are more vulnerable to skin cancer.

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