Even the same type of skin cancer can look very different from person to person. This makes it hard to look at a picture and tell if you have skin cancer.
The best way to tell if you have skin cancer is to see a dermatologist. You should see a dermatologist right away for a skin cancer check if you see anything on your skin that lasts for 2 weeks or longer and is:
Bleeding or itching
These are signs of skin cancer. If it is caught early and removed, skin cancer has a high cure rate.
More than 2 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year. And that’s just in the United States. Most Americans will have one of these skin cancers:
Basal (bay-sal) cell carcinoma
Squamous (skwey-muhs) cell carcinoma
Most people get skin cancer from too much sun — or tanning beds.
Research shows that indoor tanning (e.g., tanning beds, sun lamps) increases a persons risk of getting melanoma by 75%.