Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. Each year more people are treated for skin cancer than for colon, breast, lung, and prostate cancer combined. Skin caner is becoming exceedingly common, but the good news is that it is also very treatable when caught early. The most common cause of skin cancer (as many as 90 percent of new cases) is exposure to UV (ultraviolet) radiation from the sun. Contrary to popular belief, the use of indoor tanning beds is not safer, nor does it diminish the risk of developing skin cancer from UV exposure.
Types of Skin Cancer
There are three main types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
The most common form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma. An estimated 2.8 million people are diagnosed with this form of skin cancer every year in the United States alone. Skin cancer deaths from basal cell carcinoma are generally rare. Basal cell carcinoma typically does not spread, but it is still important to seek treatment as they can cause significant disfiguration of the skin.Let us help
Types of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Typical signs of Basal cell carcinoma include:
- Skin lesion or bump that looks like an open sore
- Shiny and/or red patches and bumps
- Pink growth
Squamous cell skin carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer, and while the signs and appearance of bumps and lesions on the skin are similar to basal cell carcinomas and can lead to disfiguration, this form of skin cancer can be deadly if left untreated. The main cause of squamous cell carcinoma is prolonged exposure to UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds, but this form of cancer can also affect areas that are not typically exposed to the sun. The incidence of this type of skin cancer has risen as much as 200 percent in the past three decades.
Melanoma is the most dangerous and potentially fatal form of skin cancer, and leads to the most deaths from the disease. While the signs of melanoma can be similar to basal and squamous carcinomas, the most common melanomas are black and brown in appearance and either look like moles, or in some cases develop from pre-existing moles. Melanoma can metastasize (spread) to other organs and tissue. However if diagnosed and treated early, melanoma can be very curable.
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