Since summer is in full force, this post is all about skin cancer, sun safety and organizations related to skin cancer.
“Basal cell carcinoma is the most common kind of skin cancer. More than 90 per cent of all skin cancers in the United States are basal cell carcinomas. Fortunately, basal cell carcinoma also is the least serious kind of skin cancer. That’s because it grows slowly and rarely spreads. It spreads in less than 1 out of every 1,000 patients. ” Definition from http://ehealthmd.com/content/what-are-different-types-skin-cancer
“Detect Basal Cell carcinoma- Basal cell carcinomas often appear as flat, firm, pale areas or small, raised, pink or red, translucent, shiny, waxy areas that may bleed after a minor injury. They may have one or more abnormal blood vessels, a lower area in their center, and/or blue, brown, or black areas. Large basal cell carcinomas may have oozing or crusted areas. They usually develop on areas exposed to the sun, especially the head and neck, but they can occur anywhere on the body. ” Detection information from the American Cancer Society
“Squamous cell carcinoma is more serious because it does spread to vital organs inside the body. Spread occurs in a few cases in every 100. It does so slowly. At first cancer cells tend to spread only as far as the nearest lymph nodes structures, which filter out and trap the cancer cells. If spread has occurred, the affected lymph nodes can be removed before cancer spreads to vital organs.” Definition from http://ehealthmd.com/content/what-are-different-types-skin-cancer
“Detect Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Squamous cell carcinomas may appear as growing lumps, often with a rough, scaly, or crusted surface. They may also look like flat reddish patches in the skin that grow slowly. They commonly occur on sun-exposed areas of the body such as the face, ear, neck, lip, and back of the hands. Less often, they form in the skin of the genital area. They can also develop in scars or skin sores elsewhere.” Detection information from the American Cancer Society
“Melanoma Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes. Because most of these cells still make melanin, melanoma tumors are often brown or black. But this is not always the case, and melanomas can also appear pink, tan, or even white. Melanoma most often starts on the trunk (chest or back) in men and on the legs of women, but it can start in other places, too. Having dark skin lowers the risk of melanoma, but a person with dark skin can still get melanoma. ” Definition from the American Cancer Society
Remember to do self checks regularly. Be sure to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist if you notice changes in a mole or spot on your skin.
These are not the end all be all of detection rules, but they are a guide for you to remain self aware about your skin.
“The ABCD rule can help you tell a normal mole from an abnormal mole. Moles that have any of these signs should be checked by a doctor. ABCD stands for the following:
A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, or there may be patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than about ¼ inch (the size of a pencil eraser), but melanomas can be smaller than this.” Source the American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society Guide to Melanoma
Melanoma Research Foundation
Melanoma Research Foundation Clinical Trials
Environmental Working Group’s Sun Safety Tips
Sun Safety Alliance Tips
Skin Cancer Foundation
Melanoma Education Foundation
American Melanoma Foundation
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