Five red flag warning signs of silent killer cancer 16,000 people get every year

With over 16,000 new cases of skin cancer annually, as reported by Cancer Research UK, it remains a big concern. 

While the possibility of skin cancer is frightening, it’s crucial to recognise that almost 90 percent of cases are preventable. 

Spotting the signs early is key to successful treatment. The symptoms can be varied, making it crucial to stay vigilant. Here’s what to look out for.

If you notice a sore that won’t heal for weeks or any patches on your skin that look different from the rest, it’s time to take notice and contact your GP for advice. And also look out for and pay attention to persistent symptoms.

While some changes may seem minor, five other key early signs of skin cancer require prompt attention.

Sores That Linger

Keep an eye on any sore or patch of skin that just won’t heal, especially if it lasts for more than four weeks. 

It might look transparent, shiny, or pink, with raised edges and possibly feel tender or rough.

Stubborn Ulcers

If you notice an area of skin breaking down into an ulcer and it sticks around for more than four weeks without a clear reason, it’s time to get it checked out.

Suspicious Lumps

Even small, slow-growing lumps that appear shiny and pink or red shouldn’t be ignored.

Red patches

Red patches on your skin, especially if they’re itchy, warrant attention. While they could be harmless, it’s better to be safe and have them examined.

Changes in Moles or Freckles

Any alterations in the appearance of moles or freckles, like changes in size, shape, or colour, could indicate melanoma, a type of skin cancer that requires prompt medical attention.


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