Here are 5 Warning Signs of Skin Cancer that Massage Therapists Should Look Out For

As a bodyworker, you’re more apt than many to see skin disorders while giving massages.

Over the last several decades, cases of skin cancer have skyrocketed.

Do you know what the warning signs are for skin cancer?

The following blog offers a diagram depicting visual signs to be on the lookout for while you’re giving massages to your clients.  

Here are some facts shared on

  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer. 
  • In the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than cases of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined.
  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; more than 4 million cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, and between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.
  • Organ transplant patients are approximately 100 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma than everyone else.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is associated with about 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers.  People who have had more than five sunburns are twice as likely to be at risk for melanoma.

Learn more about skin cancer in the blog.

Image courtesy of: breemurphy

“As a massage therapist, you’re in a unique position. You often see your clients and can keep an eye out for signs of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2017, 87,110 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 52,170 in men and 34,940 in women), and the rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years.

Pop quiz: Can you name the A, B, C, D, E warning signs of melanoma? The warning signs are asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolving. The graphic for this blog post will show you the warning signs of melanoma in more detail.”

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