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It is linked to ultraviolet light exposure: the sun, sun lamps, tanning beds.
If treated early, it is easier to treat and easier to beat.
It's hard for you to detect a skin cancer by sight. Skin cancers have different characteristics. Even the same type of cancer can look different from person to person.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. When detected early and treated properly, the cure rate is close to 100 percent. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) usually appears in areas that get a lot of sun exposure: the face, scalp, neck, hands, and arms. On occasion, it may appear on an area typically protected from the sun, such as the genitals. Although it grows slowly and rarely spreads to vital organs, basal cell carcinoma can cause significant disfigurement, and some forms can be deadly if left untreated.
Basal cell carcinoma can be caused by periods of intense sun exposure as well as cumulative sun exposure. Fair skin and skin damaged by burns, serious wounds, inflammatory skin conditions, and exposure to radiation and harmful chemicals also make you vulnerable.
Squamous cell carcinoma is a very common type of skin cancer. Treatment is almost 100 percent effective, if the cancer is detected and treated early. If left untreated, however, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) can grow deeply, spread to other parts of the body, and become life threatening.
Squamous cell carcinoma is usually caused by tanning or sun exposure over a long period of time, but tobacco use, a burn, or exposure to radiation or strong chemicals can be responsible as well. Squamous cell carcinoma typically shows up on areas that get the most sun exposure — the ears, face, scalp, neck, or arms — but it can appear elsewhere, even inside the mouth or on the genitals.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It is often treated successfully in the early stages, but when untreated, melanoma can spread to vital organs and be fatal. Melanoma is often triggered by intense, intermittent exposure to the sun. Melanoma may appear in an existing mole or look like a new mole.
We start by taking tissue samples (biopsies) of suspicious patches or growths and testing them in our in-house lab. If cancer is confirmed, we will explain all of your options in depth and help you decide on the best treatment plan.
Following treatment you should examine your skin thoroughly at least once a month and schedule regular follow-up visits for a professional examination. Perform a self examination
Once you have had skin cancer, you are always at risk for a recurrence. Responsible sun protection and early detection techniques should be a regular part of your daily life.