Skin cancer can happen to anyone at any time. In fact, it is one of the commonest cancers in the United States. However, most people can survive it, if caught before it spreads below the skin surface to other tissues. This makes it imperative to catch this cancer as early as possible.
Take the case of Eileen Corey, former Health Correspondent for the virtual channel, WKYC, in Cleveland, Ohio. Known not just for her news reports but her flaming red hair too, her hair stylist noticed a growth on her scalp. Her stylist asked her to have it examined by a skin specialist. Luckily, she did not waste time, so she did not need any radiation or chemotherapy. All she needed for her melanoma was a small surgery to remove the mole.
Doctors recommend that one check for spots or growths soon after a shower when the hair is still wet. If you are suspicious about the growth you can feel, show it to your doctor immediately.
Apart from not having elaborate and expensive treatment for full-blown cancer, early detection can help you in various other ways. They are:
The moment you are diagnosed with cancer, your life can be in total disarray. You will have to go through the entire gamut of tests and treatments and seeing doctors and specialists, depending on the severity of cancer.
It may also mean making other arrangements for your kids to be dropped at school and picked up, as cancer treatments can be very tiring. The more you delay your treatment; it becomes more cumbersome and expensive.
If you catch the cancer at an early stage, obviously it can be treated easily, rather than at an advanced stage. This does not cause much of a change on your lifestyle and health. If you catch a small lesion before it can spread, it may need a small surgery and supervision. Do not procrastinate before you go in for cancer screening or the treatment you need might get more intensive.
Of course, skin cancers can appear at any part of your body. However, there are those that develop in parts of your body that face the harsh sunlight--like your face, neck, hands, legs, scalp, shoulders, etc. The fact that the cancer growth is obvious to anyone who sees you could be embarrassing and could lower your self-esteem. By detecting skin cancer in its early stages, not only do you avoid any disfigurement and growth of spots or blemishes.
It helps to allay any fears that you might have about skin growths being carcinogenic. In the rare event that your growth is cancerous, catch it before it becomes a threat to your life. This way, you can continue to maintain your present lifestyle, personal aesthetics and future health. Make it a point to see your dermatologist every year, just in case you do develop certain growths that you cannot see.