Thursday 24 April 2014

Warning signs of skin cancer

Hugh Jackman

Australian-born actor Hugh Jackman who was treated for skin cancer is now urging people to be mindful of warning signs that they could have the disease.

His advice is particularly relevant in Ireland where skin cancer is one of the most common forms of the disease, with more than 9,450 new cases diagnosed in 2010.

The National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) expects this number to increase over the coming years.

Skin cancers can appear as any of the following:

* A small lump

* Flat, red spot

* Firm, red lump

* A lump or spot that is tender to touch

* An ulcer that will not heal

* A lump with a scaly or horny top

* Rough, scaly patches

There are two main groups of skin cancer – non-melanoma and melanoma.

Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common and include basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. They tend to grow on areas of the body that have been exposed to the sun and they are more common in older people.

Irish Independent

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