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Skin Cancer SymptomsThere are so many great festivals going on in the summer. In Pittsburgh, PA the ten-day Three Rivers Arts Festival is a free event that brings loads of musical artists, fun events and fantastic food. Happening June 6-15, 2014, much of the festival is outdoors, which is great on a warm, sunny day, but that can take a toll on your skin in you aren’t prepared. Safety in the sun is not a joke, and early detection of skin cancer symptoms is crucial for successful treatment and could save your life.

It is common to think it won’t happen to you. Unfortunately, no one is exempt, and a lack of proper skin care puts you at risk. If you have a family history of skin cancer, are in the sun a lot, don’t use sunscreen, and have a lot of freckles and moles, you need to be on high alert. The sooner a skin cancer is caught and treated, the better your chance of avoiding serious complications. A serious melanoma needs early treatment to avoid potential disfigurement or even death.

Be familiar with your skin and any spots or freckles you currently have, so you can monitor for any changes. Skin cancer often is not felt, and may not cause any pain, so your eye is your best tool. The three main types of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Use the ABCD detection guide when looking for symptoms:

A = Asymmetry—if a line was drawn down the middle of the spot and each half looks different.

B = Irregular Borders—look for spreading or irregular edges

C = Color Changes—look for blotchiness and spots that turn black, blue, red, white or grey.

D = Diameter—look for spots that are growing in size.

If you have anything suspicious that you feel should be looked at, contact Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. as soon as possible. Remember, early treatment often means quicker recovery and a reduced chance of serious complications. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online.

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