Mags Murphy, 45, of Dublin, Ireland, grew up loving the sun. She wrote on Facebook that she "spent over a decade living in Crete tanning myself to 'look good,'" she "spent summers doing [tanning beds] just for a tan in the shitty Irish weather," and as a child she'd run around outside without wearing any sunscreen. But now, Murphy is paying the price for her love of looking tan. She was recently diagnosed with precancerous skin cancer cells on her face, and she's now having a painful treatment to remove them. Murphy started her treatment in early January, and she's committed to sharing photos of herself throughout the treatment to raise awareness about skin cancer and skin precancer.
What Does Melanoma Look Like?
Pictures Of Vaginal Cancer and Vulva Cancer
And the earlier you find the signs of skin cancer , the sooner you can seek treatment. You already know that spending too much time in the sun without applying sunscreen can boost your chances of skin cancer—but there are tons of other risk factors to keep on your radar, too. Getting just one bad sunburn , having fair skin or red hair, living at high elevations, flying frequently or driving a lot, exposure to certain chemicals, and having a family history of skin cancer can all significantly spike your risk of the disease. However, skin cancer impacts people of all skin tones yes, even darker skin! The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends doing a self-examination once a month.
The beginning signs of skin cancer involve a change in the skin. This may mean that a new lump or sore has formed on the skin, that a new mole has popped up, or that an existing mole has begun to grow or change in shape. Actinic Keratosis Actini Keratosis AK is a pre-cancerous growth that may become skin cancer over time.
Melanoma is a type of cancer that begins in melanocytes cells that make the pigment melanin. Below are photos of melanoma that formed on the skin. Melanoma can also start in the eye, the intestines, or other areas of the body with pigmented tissues.