My personal experiences with skin cancer..
"Protect yourself from the sun!!" These are always the parting words my dermatologist preaches to me as I leave her office. For for first 60 years of my life, I never thought that I would be seeing a dermatologist on a regular and scheduled basis...men don't go to dermatologists...right? In the last 5-6 years, I have seen a dermatologist more than I have seen all other doctors combined and had 12-13 cancerous and precancerous growths removed from my head, neck and ears and several from the back of my hands. It all started with a small quarter sized dry flaky area on the back of my neck just inside my hairline then I noticed a small scab like "thing" on the top of my right ear. I would scratch at them, apply some antiseptic cream after showering and they would not go away. My regular doctor noticed the one on my ear during a physical and my experiences with a dermatologist started...and continue.
About skin cancer...
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. From the webmd website..."Skin cancers -- including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma -- often start as changes to your skin. They can be new growths or precancerous lesions -- changes that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. An estimated 40% to 50% of fair-skinned people who live to be 65 will develop at least one skin cancer. Learn to spot the early warning signs. Skin cancer can be cured if it's found and treated early." Here is a link to this article The Warning Signs of Skin Cancer. This article has 23 closeup photos of the different things you should be concerned about.
From the American Academy of Dermatology..."Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Research estimates that nonmelanoma skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, affects more than 3 million Americans a year."