Men are programmed to tough things out. And contemplating your susceptibility to cancer is never pleasant. But some persistent symptoms should always be confronted head-on. “Men tend to allow symptoms persist, and at times resolve, without seeking help,” says Cynthia Chinedu Obiozor, MD, a board-certified oncologist and hematologist in Thousand Oaks, California. “This has repeatedly resulted in worse health outcomes.” The Remedy asked the experts to report the most common signs of cancer men usually ignore.
“Non-healing spots on your skin that are scaly and tender and don’t pick off could be a sign of a pre-skin cancer, called an actinic keratosis or a developing squamous cell skin cancer,” says Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, California. “They are most common on balding scalps, ears, face and backs of hands.”