Red Spot on Breasts: Pimple, Bug Bite, or Sign of Cancer?
The skin around your chest area may have a small red patch. If it’s not too large, it might look like a bug bite. But if it’s very big and painful, then you’ve got something much worse than a bug bite! A larger red spot could indicate cancer.
What Causes Red Spot On Chest?
A common cause of red spots on chest is a tumor called a melanoma. Melanomas are cancers caused by abnormal cells that grow out of control. They’re usually found in areas where there’s sun exposure such as the back of your neck, armpits, groin, and arms.
How Common Is Cancer?
Cancer is one of the most common diseases in America today. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2015 alone. That means that one person in every four will get cancer at some point during their life. And while you don’t need to worry about getting cancer right now, it’s always best to take preventative measures against its possible spread.
What Are the Different Types of Cancer?
Cancer is classified into different groups based on the type of cells that have become cancerous. These include skin cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer, brain cancer, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and many more. Each type of cancer has its own set of symptoms and risk factors. Skin cankers are commonly caused by too much sun exposure or other complications. Which types of cancer you are most at risk for depend largely on your age and family history.
How Is the Cancer Staged?
The cancer is classified based on the size of the tumor and whether it has grown into the nearby tissue or lymph nodes. The staging of your cancer is very important in determining the best course of treatment. Most people with skin cancer have a low-grade cancer that hasn’t spread to other parts of the body. The type and location of the skin cancer can affect how quickly it spreads.
What Are the Treatments for Skin Cancers?
Treating skin cancers is largely dependent on the type and location of the tumor. For some skin cancers, a simple procedure can be done to completely remove it from your body. Other more aggressive skin cancers may need to be cut out or burnt off the surface of your skin. Skin cancers that have spread to other parts of the body are much harder to treat. Radiation and chemotherapy are common treatments for these types of skin cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of Skin Cancer?
There aren’t many symptoms that a skin cancer will display, so it’s important to keep an eye on any changes in your skin. Most skin cancers are painless or cause only minor itching or burning. When you notice a new spot on your skin or if a mole begins to change, it’s important to get it checked out by a professional.
What Should I Do if I Find a Skin Cancer?
The best thing to do if you find a potential skin cancer is to make an appointment with your doctor right away. You should also tell your loved ones about the skin cancer. This will help them keep an eye out for any changes in the future. Don’t try to diagnose the skin cancer yourself or attempt to self-medicate, just contact your doctor immediately.
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