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Types Of Skin Cancer

Actinic Keratosis  is form of pre-cancer.

What is it?
A premalignant, warty growth or lesion occurring on the sun exposed skin, generally in the elderly. People with blonde or red hair and light-skinned persons are particularly susceptible. A thickening of the top layer of skin is characterized clinically by pink, irregular, scaly lesions. It is important to have these lesions examined by a dermatologist.

Protective Measures: Because chronic overexposure to sunlight is the leading cause of Actinic Keratosis, sun avoidance is an effective preventive measure. Use of broad-rated sunscreen rated SPF-30 or higher on all sun exposed areas is recommended. Inspect your body regularly for any of the skin change described earlier, and visit your dermatologist for a skin examination.

Another form of skin cancer is Basal Cell Carcinoma

What is it?
Basal Cell Carcinoma is a major type of skin cancer. It occurs more frequently in sun exposed regions of the body. Although this skin cancer rarely spreads to other organs of the body, Basal Cell Carcinoma may have several different appearances on your skin. Some warning signs may be an open sore, a reddish patch, a growth with elevated border and central indentation, a bump or nodule, and a scar-like area. Basal Cell Carcinoma the most common form of all cancers affecting nearly one million Americans each year.

Protective Measures: Sun avoidance, use a broad-rated sunscreen rated SPF-30 or higher on all exposed skin including lips even on a cloudy day.

Malignant Melanoma is another form of skin cancer.

What is it?
Malignant Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer. Individual lesions any appear as a dark brown, black or multi-color growth with irregular borders which can be crusted or bleed. Melanoma may affect anyone at any age and can occur anywhere on the body. These tumors can arise anywhere or near a pre-existing pigmented lesion or may suddenly appear without warning. Melanoma may spread to organs, making it essential to treat skin cancer.

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