After spending a few weekends at the pool, you may notice some changes in your skin. Don’t necessarily jump to the worst-case conclusion, but do make sure your skin changes don’t resemble any of the following signs. If they do, don’t be afraid to make an appointment with your dermatologist.
Here's what to look out for:
1) One or more of your moles has changed. For example, it may be cause for concern if a mole turns darker in color, its borders become asymmetrical, or if it starts to itch or bleed, according to Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist.”
2) A red patch on your skin starts peeling or bleeding. This could be a warning sign of skin abnormalities, Jaliman said.
3) A sore on your skin doesn’t appear to be healing. Keep in mind that there are a variety of skin cancers with their own particular signs — this is just a general sign of skin cancer, according to Dr. Elliot Hirsch, a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, California.
4) Nodules or lumps appear to be growing on your skin.
5) Pigment seems to be spreading from one spot on your skin, over the border, and into other parts of your skin, according to the American Cancer Society. Redness or swelling beyond a spot’s border should be noted, as well as any changes in sensation (such as itchiness, pain or tenderness), and in surface appearance (such as bleeding, scaliness or oozing).
6) Remember the A-B-C-D-Es of melanoma which include typical warning signs like asymmetry in moles, Hirsch said.
7) Spots on skin that have indistinct and irregular borders need to be watched.
8) Dark-colored lesions or spots on the skin are more likely to be cancerous than lighter spots.
9) Moles with increasing diameters are linked more often with skin cancer than smaller, noncancerous spots.
10) Keep a close eye on spots or moles evolving in any way over the past few weeks or months, including in color or size, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.