My husband have lost love ones from cancer-related diseases. His Mom died with lung cancer and so his brother, then he lost his Aunt to cancer-related disease as well. He sometimes feel paranoid that he might get it as it runs in their family's blood so he is extra cautious.
Two of the reasons why he is scared is the fact that he worked as a sailor for 20 years and working on a submarine was one of his frequent assignments. Although he knows that it was a safe place, at the back of his mind, he can't shake off the fact that he might be exposed to harsh chemicals. Another thing is when he was younger, he took an accutane for his severe acne condition and one of the side effects that he has been feeling is being sun burned so easily. He is very careful when going in an open field where he is sun exposed as he doesn't want to develop any skin cancer related diseases.
He has been reading skin cancer symptoms and even looked up and read the melanoma symptoms. Below are some symptoms that you might want to look for.
According to Molemap, a website founded by dermatologists:
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and may appear without warning but it may also begin in a mole or other dark spot in the skin. Melanoma can spread very quickly and once it penetrates below the surface of the skin it can become deadly. Survival rate is largely dependent on the thickness of melanoma; a patient with a melanoma of less than 0.75 mm thick can expect to have 95% cure rate. If left until greater than 4mm thick, the cure rate drops to less than 55%. This is why it is so important to detect melanoma early.
I did not even know that Melanoma differs with women and men. It is scary to know that even a mole can be a sign of a cancer. If you suspect that you might have the above symptoms, check out the website and book for an appointment.