Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among Americans. This form of cancer accounts for about 5 percent of all cancers. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to detect until it has spread through the body, which often means that early detection and treatment are crucial to your treatment.
There is no absolute cure for skin cancer, but there are ways to improve your chances of surviving the disease. Recognizing the signs and symptoms early can help you seek immediate treatment and possibly save your life. To better educate yourself on skin cancer and its prevention, check out the following skin cancer prevention facts:
Sunscreen. To prevent skin cancer, always wear sunscreen to cover the skin from the sun. Skin cancer often develops in areas that are frequently exposed to sunlight. To prevent skin cancer, always apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin, even after sweating.
Remember to reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating, and always wear a hat and sunglasses to shade the face. When buying large items such as umbrellas, be sure they are equipped with UV protection.
Malignant cells. A few risks that are linked to developing skin cancer are an increased risk of developing skin cancer in skin carcinoma (the most common type) and an increased risk of contracting leukoplakia (a disease caused by viruses).
Leukoplakia can be contracted by coming into contact with an infected individual. People who are HIV positive are at an increased risk of developing skin cancer. People who have had chemotherapy or radiation therapy to treat cancer are also at a greater risk of developing skin cancer.
Melanoma. The most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma is a serious disease that accounts for most skin cancer deaths. It is mostly seen in fair-skinned people.
Although melanoma can affect any part of the body, it most commonly occurs in the hands and feet. People with light skin tones are more susceptible to skin cancer than those with darker skin tones, although the risk may be equal for both genders.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma In situ (SCCA). SCCA is the most common type of skin cancer found in people who have lighter skin tones, including Hispanics, Asians, and Africans. It accounts for more than 80 percent of all skin cancer cases.
Squamous cell carcinoma also often develops on the mucous membranes, such as in the ears and nasal cavities, as well as the lungs. This rare but potentially fatal type of cancer often develops in elderly people who suffer from emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. It develops in people with darker skin tones, especially in Asians and Africans. It is most often seen in people in their early twenties.
Melanoma is not as common as other forms of skin cancer. While melanoma is relatively easy to detect, it is often not detected until a tumor is present. Because melanoma is incurable, the only way to successfully treat it is to remove the tumor or die.
Basal cell carcinoma is the least common type of skin cancer that develops in an individual's skin. Basal cell carcinoma often begins in a person's face. The tumor grows underneath the skin, as the person develops wrinkles.
Skin folds that are not properly maintained can also contribute to the development of basal cell carcinoma. As the tumor grows, it can often spread to other areas of the body, including the neck and hands.
Skin cancers that develop in people who are sun-exposed or have a history of being sun-exposed are particularly important to pay attention to. Individuals who develop any of these skin cancer types should be checked for signs of sun exposure as well as to be sure that they are getting the recommended amount of exposure each day. People who have had a history of sun exposure and those with large skin folds should get checked periodically by a professional.
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