Skin cancer develops mainly on areas of skin exposed to a lot of sun, most commonly the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, legs, arms and hands. Some skin cancers appear as small growths or as sores which bleed, scab over, heal and reopen. With melanoma, an existing mole may change or a new, suspicious-looking mole may develop. Melanoma can form in areas not normally exposed to sunlight, such as the scalp, breasts, genitals, the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet. Malignat melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Early detection and treatment of skin cancer will save your life. Make an appointment to see your dermatologist if you notice a new skin growth, a change in the appearance or texture of a mole, or a sore that doesn't heal within two weeks.