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Skin Cancer: A Visual Guide to Identifying Warning Signs on Your Body

Despite what we know about the necessity of wearing SPF, skin cancer is still a risk that can be fatal but can also be avoided. This illness does not care what hue your skin is or how old you may be. The good news is that your skin will be healthier as we learn more about it and how to prevent it from appearing.

Taking your head-to-toe sun protection routine seriously is the most crucial thing you can do to safeguard yourself against skin cancer (more on that later), but being aware of the most frequent types of skin cancer can help you or someone else avoid dying from skin cancer.

Because skin checks are one of the simplest methods to ensure that your body's largest organ is cancer-free, being diligent about any suspicious spots is essential to spotting any skin cancer symptoms early. When you notice something that seems off, whether it's a dangerous mole, malignant melanoma, or just a regular freckle, knowledge is power.

Finding resources and services that are inclusive of all skin tones is also essential. Because there is a severe paucity of diverse dermatological images on the internet (an example of algorithmic injustice), people of color have less access to the information they need to detect early-stage skin cancer. The See My Skin platform from Vaseline is a representation-focused database designed to aid users in searching for issues.

We vowed in the campaign to bring attention to the racially discriminatory processes that affect algorithmic search, to offer fair representation and access to equal care, and above all, to make these communities visible.

What does skin cancer actually look like, particularly on a variety of skin tones? Board-certified dermatologists were consulted to explain how to recognize potential problems and how to improve your chances of avoiding cancer.

What types of skin cancer are most prevalent?

Dermatologists frequently refer to "the big three" when talking about skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma are the three most prevalent types of skin cancer, according to Anne Marie McNeill, a board-certified dermatologist in California and a representative for the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF). Here is a visual explanation of each type, however if you see any new patches or spots on your skin, you should always consult a dermatologist right away.

Cancer of the Basal Cells

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, basal cell carcinoma is the most frequent type of skin cancer. Each year, the U.S. is thought to diagnose 3.6 million cases. Despite being fairly frequent, basal cell carcinomas only cause roughly 3,000 fatalities annually, according to the SCF.

Cancer of the Squamous Cells

The second most frequent type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, which is more deadly than basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to migrate to the lymph nodes and become fatal if untreated, according to Dr. McNeill. Over 15,000 people die from skin cancer each year in the United States, where an estimated 1.8 million cases are detected.


Melanoma has a higher likelihood of being life-threatening, but the first two types of skin cancer are typically not as deadly. The American Cancer Society states that although though it only makes about 1% of all skin cancers, it is the most deadly.


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