Euskirchen, Germany - Someone with a change in the skin such as a rough patch or pimple that will not heal should see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
Home remedies are not advisable as the change might be an early stage of non-melanoma skin cancer, according to the Euskirchen-based Professional Association of German Dermatologists (BVDD).
Non-melanoma skin cancer develops most frequently on the body's "sun terraces": the face, back of the neck, arms, and men's bald heads.
The disease is relatively easy to treat, if detected early. A dermatologist usually surgically removes the tumour, which, if still small, generally leaves no more than a nearly invisible scar. The BVDD noted that superficial basal cell carcinoma, one of the two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer, can also be treated with a special cream. (dpa)