Shedding light on the topic of skin cancer
As the weather gets nice and you begin to spend more time outdoors, it’s important to keep the health of your skin in mind. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world today. It can affect anyone at any age, with more than three-and-a-half million skin cancer cases diagnosed each year — that’s more than the incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined.
Understanding skin cancer and what you should watch for is key. Most skin cancers are easily treatable, and highly curable, when caught early. Basal and Squamous
Cell Cancers These are the most common forms of skin cancer. They generally show up in sun-exposed areas on the body, such as your face, arms and legs. Squamous cell cancers looked like a crusty patch that you may think is a scab or a scrape that does not heal. Basal cell cancers look more raised and smooth, and may be pink or pearly white. You may also mistake them for a small injury or abrasion that does not go away. Dermatologists can easily identify these types of cancers. Cell cancers rarely spread anywhere else in the body. Your doctor will typically treat them by either surgically removing the cells or using a topical treatment.
Melanoma Melanoma is a relatively rare type of skin cancer, but it is much more dangerous. It has the potential to spread to other parts of the body and can be deadly. This cancer develops when pigmentproducing skin cells, called melanocytes, begin to grow and form a tumor, which can eventually spread. Most melanomas develop from a mole or look like a new mole. Exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or