As we age, our skin becomes more susceptible to skin cancer. Seniors may find it difficult to identify skin cancer due to sun spots and other signs of aging. Here are some tips to be aware of what to look for. If there are areas of your body, like your back, that you cannot check yourself, you may want to ask your home health care or assisted living aide for help.
If a mole develops ragged edges or begins to noticeably change or become raised, please notify your doctor. A mole changing in color is also an indicator that a mole may need to be looked at by a professional.
Abnormalities of the Skin
Scaling patches, weeping sores, itching blemishes or any out of the ordinary condition on the skin should be looked at. A doctor can look at these blemishes and determine whether a biopsy is necessary.
If your doctor performs a biopsy, the entire growth may be removed and not require further treatment. If only a sample is taken and it is found to be malignant, you may require further treatment.
Everyone enjoys fun in the sun in sunny Los Angeles, however, studies have shown that sunburns in youth can raise one’s risk of developing skin cancer as you age. It is very important for seniors to protect their skin from further sun damage. Being proactive about early detection and protection can save lives. Talk to your friends and family about the importance of sun protection.