Skin Cancer: Timed To Get Checked Now That Summer Is Coming To An End.
What are the different Types of Skin Cancer?
Here are the three types of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Each type produces different symptoms and has different treatment methods.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It usually develops in places on the body that have been exposed to the sun, like ears, the face and the mouth, but can develop anywhere on the body. Symptoms include a bump that turns in to an open sore (ulceration, reddish, flat spot that is sometimes crusty, a bump that gets larger and a sore that won’t heal. When left untreated, it can spread quickly to other parts of the body, like the lymphatic system, bloodstream, and nerve routes.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly developed skin cancer. These are most commonly found on the face, neck, and hands. It is highly treatable and rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Symptoms include a sore that oozes or bleeds, a redness area that is irritated, a yellow or white area that resembles a scar, and a pink pearly bump.
Melanoma is the most dangerous and deadly type of skin cancer. It can develop on anywhere on the body, however the arms, legs and trunk are the most common area of the body. When detected early, it is considered highly treatable. Symptoms include a mole, freckle, or new/existing spot that changes color in size, shape, and color.
Your best defense in preventing skin cancer is to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. When you are outdoors, be sure to always wear a sunscreen, and stay in a shady area if possible!
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