Skin cancer risk increases with cumulative UV sun exposure and is found in three distinct forms that vary in severity. Each named for the type of cells that are affected. Skin cancer is caused by damage to the DNA. Skin Cancer tumors form when cells begin to divide rapidly an unevenly.
*Basal Cell Carcinoma
Is the most common and the least severe type of carcinoma. It is often Appears as a light pearly nodule. Sometimes blood vessels run through the nodules. Basal cells do not spread as easily as squamous or melanoma cells. They can be easily removed by surgery or other medical procedures.
*Squamous Cell Carcinoma
More serious than basal cell it is characterized by red or pink scaly papules or nodules. Sometimes they are characterized by open sores or crusty areas that do not heal and may bleed easily. Squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other areas of the body.
Is the most serious form of skin cancer. Black or dark patches on the skin are usually uneven texture, jagged, or raised. It can be tan and even white. It is not always found on areas exposed to sunlight and is often found on feet, toes and legs. Malignant melanoma is more deadly because it can spread throughout the body and to internal organs.
Method to self-examine use the ABCDE checklist;
FAQs about skin cancer
Melanoma is rising faster than any other cancer killing at least 8,000 deaths every year.
Occurs at a rate of one death per hour in the US
More than 1.3 million skin cancer diagnosed annually
90% of skin cancer is caused by UV
Only 33% of population use sunscreen
80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 18
Most people diagnosed with melanoma are ( White, Men, over age 50)
Skin cancer has tripled In women under age 40 in the past 30 years
Skin cancer kills women in their late 20s and early 30s
Effects of photoaging from sun exposure or indoor tanning can be seen as early as age 20 or before
UV rays pass through clouds and window glass
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