A pimple that doesn’t go away
According to Bradley Bloom, MD, dermatologist at Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists, watch out for the pimple that won’t heal. “Many patients come into the office complaining of a pimple that just won’t heal or begins to bleed,” says Dr. Bloom. “And it ends up being a basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of skin cancer.” As an expert in Mohs micrographic surgery, Dr. Bloom sees a lot of these in his practice and says that Mohs surgery is an easy solution with the lowest recurrence rate.
A recurring scaly patch
During the winter months, it’s not unusual to experience dry and scaly skin. But Dr. Bloom advises to be on the lookout for scaly patches that won’t go away or keep coming back. Dr. Bloom cautions that while sometimes this could be eczema, it can also be actinic keratoses. “These are pre-cancerous lesions caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and are often first noticed as rough patches of skin on sun-exposed areas, such as the face, bald scalp, lips, and the back of the hands,” says Dr. Bloom. He urges patients to use an SPF lotion at all times to avoid any type of sun damage and to treat these lesions before they develop into something more serious. Beware of more sneaky places you can get skin cancer that aren’t on your skin.