Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | 17:51 WIB

Beware of Acne! It Might Be Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is usually characterized by a lump on the body, such as on the face or back.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - A 35-year-old woman never imagined that she had skin cancer. Kari Cummins, simply thought she had an acne on her face. 

"I thought the ache looked unusual, I suspected it was just a strange blackhead or strange type of acne, but I've never seen anything like it before," said Kari as reported by Refinery29, Friday (10/6/2017).

Kari then noticed her ‘acne’ got bigger and turned into a big lump on her chin.

After several medical tests, doctors diagnosed the lump was actually squamous cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of skin cancer. Kari already had the acne for several years and left it alone.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, squamous cell carcinoma tends to form on the skin that is often exposed to sunlight and is often seen in the head, neck, and back of the hand.

After the strange acne was removed through surgery. The hole on Kari’s chin needed to be closed with 35 stitches.

"If I had not decided to see the doctor and had it removed, chances are it would grow larger and spread to other body tissues," she continued.