Don’t Take Chances – Know That Skin Cancer Can Be Fatal
People laugh that a person could die from skin cancer but it’s true. Skin cancer can be fatal. All those lectures about using sun screen, wearing a hat, sitting under an umbrella, and so forth and so on, really have a good point. You can die from skin cancer.
Skin cancer is one of the most typical types of cancer in people today. There are over a million cases each year. Most of the baby boomers alive today will be diagnosed with skin cancer. How do you know if you need to get checked out?
Check your skin regularly. If there is a change in a wart or a mole or a new growth on the skin that won’t go away or heal, then you should get it checked out. There are three different varieties of cancer of the skin.
Basal Cell Carcinoma: this is the most typical form of skin cancer and usually doesn’t move into other parts of the body. It is usually caused by being in the sun for prolonged periods of time. The most usual place for formation of this cancer is the face. Age, tanning booths, and radiation also can cause this kind of skin cancer. The best way to not get it is to stay out of the sun.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma: this cancer begins in the flat, scale like cells in the body. This cancer is found inside the body in the respiratory tract and the intestinal tract and the skin. Keratosis forms on the skin and is the precursor of squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer can also form around the lip. Sun exposure can change pre-cancerous cells to cancer cells quickly. Unlike Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma CAN spread.
Melanoma: This third type of cancer that strikes the skin is serious. Melanin gives the skin its color. When the skin is in the sun it tans. This means more pigment is changing the depth of color. Small deposits of melanin are sometimes found on the body called moles. Almost everyone has moles. Melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer and affects people of any age. This type of cancer can spread to the lymph nodes and this means there is a possibility to spread to other parts of the body. Lymph nodes are located in all parts of the body. It is like a super highway for the spread of cancer from one place to another. Nobody knows why one person gets melanoma and another doesn’t. Abnormal moles have more of a chance to become cancerous than normal ones. The more moles a person has, the better chance he or she has of getting melanoma. People with light skin have more chance of getting melanoma than a person with olive or dark skin. A personal or family history of skin cancer (melanoma) gives a person a bigger chance to get melanoma. A weak immune system gives a person more of a chance of getting skin cancer. Excessive exposure to the sun gives a person more of a chance to get melanoma.