Skin Cancer Treatments
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers.
It affects more than 2 million Americans every year.
Skin cancer is a growth on the skin that occurs when cells grow abnormally. It occurs most commonly on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, like the neck, arms, and face. If the growth continues unchecked, it can spread to other parts of the body through the blood stream or lymphatic system. It is essential to address an abnormal growths or unusual moles on the skin as soon as they are detected to prevent a potentially life threatening form of cancer.
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Different Types of Skin Cancer
Non-melanoma cancer accounts for about half of all cases. It starts at basal cells or squamous cells, which are located at the base of the outer layer of skin or they cover the body’s internal and external surfaces. This type of cancer usually occurs on the sun-exposed areas of the body and it can spread quickly or slowly depending on its type. Fortunately, non-melanoma cancers rarely spread to other parts of the body. They are highly treatable and even curable if detected early.
Melanoma is less common but the most dangerous. In 2010, 8,700 of the 11,790 skin cancer deaths resulted from melanoma. It starts in the melanocytes, the cells that produce skin pigment. Because of its relationship with skin color, individuals with fair skin are at a higher risk. Additionally, people with abnormal moles, a large number of moles, and people with a history of severe sunburns are more likely to develop melanoma.
All types of skin cancer are more likely to be successfully treated if detected early. Signs include any change in the appearance of moles or any new growths on the skin; scaliness, bleeding or oozing of skin bumps; or any itchiness, tenderness or pain of the skin. People should conduct regular skin checks to locate any unusual bumps or spots. Consult with a dermatologist immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.