Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Identify the Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancers are triggered by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, be it from natural sunlight or tanning booths. Luckily, most skin cancers are easy to recognize and slow-growing. Also they can be anywhere; between your toes, under your tongue, or in and around your private areas and not only limited to your arms, legs and head. There are basically three types:

Melanoma – These are most deadly form of skin cancer. Read its common signs:

  •   Spreads to other parts of the body and appears as a new spot or an existing spot that changes in colour, size or shape and can affect to skin not normally exposed to the sun.
  • Grows quickly
  • Looks different from common melanomas.
  • Raised and even in colour.
  • Many are red or pink and some are brown or black.
  • They are firm to touch and dome-shaped.
  • After a while they begin to bleed and crust.
  • It’s usually curable when detected in its early stages.

Basal cell carcinoma signs:

  • Most common, but least dangerous form of skin cancer.
  • Red, pale or pearly in colour, appears as a lump or dry, scaly area.
  • May ulcerate or fail to completely heal.
  • Grows slowly, usually on areas that are often exposed to the sun.

Squamous cell carcinoma signs:

  • A thickened, red scaly spot that may bleed easily, crust or ulcerate.
  • Grows over some months, usually on areas often exposed to the sun.
  • More likely to occur in people over 50 years of age.

Trick to Check Your Skin

  • Check your entire body as skin cancers can sometimes occur in parts of the body not exposed to the sun, for example soles of the feet, between fingers and toes and under nails.
  • Undress completely and make sure you have good light.
  • Use a mirror to check hard to see spots, like your back and scalp, or get a family member, partner or friend to check it for you.
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