Types of Skin Cancer – The Differences and The Common Ground
Do a search for “the types of skin cancer” and you’ll find lots of information. The 3 types of skin cancer most common, as you will find out are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, in that order.
You can find it described in medical terms or simplified in the words of a layman. It’s very useful for you to know how it appears and grows and see the photos of it.
I’ll cover each one of them and tell you what I conclude to be of most importance about all of them, even the more rare types not covered here.
Starting with basal cell, it rarely spreads and grows slowly. It first appears as a small growth on your skin, often undetected at first. It doesn’t usually pose a big threat, but in time it could.
Here’s a little experience I recently had. I noticed a small growth on my jaw line. After a few weeks there was another little tiny one next to it. I immediately went to my dermatologist and it was biopsied as basal cell carcinoma. It was 100% removed by mohs surgery and found to have travelled about 3 inches beyond what was visible to the eye. GLAD I WENT! It had been invisibly there for quite some time.
The next is squamous cell carcinoma. It also grows slowly and can be hard to notice in the early stages. It can be more serious than basal cell in that it can spread inward to vital organs. It first appears as a growth and can be quite innocent looking. I had an experience with this back in 1990. It had progressed to a stage 3 and it took the entire conventional arsenal to destroy it,…Chemotherapy…Major surgery…and Radiation.
The third of the most common types of skin cancer is malignant melanoma, the most deadly. It can appear as a new mole growth, freckle or an existing one showing some changes. Melanoma can spread rather quickly to internal organs without being detected; therein lays the deadly danger. That is why you should see a dermatologist to have those moles checked out, especially when you see any changes. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to go once a year if you’re over 40 years old and definitely if you’re over 50.
So you see how the three types of skin cancer differ, but pay closer attention to what they all have in common and that is GROWTH ON YOUR SKIN. You can go to the internet and learn what the different ones look like but keep in mind that they all are an unusual growth on your skin. Growth isn’t limited to elevation alone; it could be a change in skin color, spreading of the discoloration or a patch of dry scaly skin,…anything unusual. It also may not match up with any description or photo you see. It’s all cause for concern and warrants a visit to your health professional.
So the big message here is for you to play a big role in early detection by being aware yourself. Notice what’s going on and spot it even before your doctor does.
And the good news is that they are all most highly curable when detected early.