There are three different types of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. The major cause of skin cancer is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light or sun rays. Skin cancer can kill or cause bad scarring, however may be prevented with proper precautions. Some individuals are more inclined to skin cancer than others depending on history, medication, lifestyle, etc.
•Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and often appears on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, the face and most common, decollete or chest, arms and legs. The irritated skin or tumor can be crusty or even itchy sometimes can bleed.
•Squamous Cell Carcinoma, found in the squamous cells is responsible for 15-20% of skin cancers. The tumor can resemble a red or flat, flaky irritation and grow quickly. It appears on parts of the body exposed to the sun and rarely kills. If left unattended it can spread to other parts of the body.
•Malignant Melanoma, found in the melanocytes or pigment cells can be deadly if not diagnosed early on. It appears like a mole, can be multiple colors, can be larger or uneven than normal moles. It’s often found in areas where there is little or no sun exposure.
To prevent skin cancer always wear sun protection, hat, sun clothing, sun glasses avoiding the sun from 11am to 4pm and seek shade when ever possible. Re-apply your sunscreen often!!!