Skin cancer is a type of cancer that’s characterized by the appearance of locally destructive cancerous cells. They will grow under your skin and, as time passes, this type of cancer will spread to other parts of your body. If skin cancer spreads out of control, it can even threaten your life.
There are three main types of skin cancer, which include melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. The latter one is the most common and it’s also less threatening when compared to others.
Skin cancer risk factors
- Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light can cause skin cancer.
- Wart virus infections.
- Older patients have a higher chance of contracting skin cancer.
- An inefficient immune system.
- Previous cases of skin cancer can re-appear at times.
Skin cancer symptoms
If you have basal cell carcinoma, you won’t have any symptoms most of the time. On the other hand, squamous cell carcinomas come with a lot of pain. Either way, the first sign for both skin cancers is that you will have a sore that crusts, oozes, bleeds but which doesn’t heal.
Another symptom includes the appearance of a bump that’s red and pearly. You might also have pink skin growths which have a crust in the center. Sometimes, patients with skin cancer can also have a patch of skin that will itch or crust at times. This particular patch of skin isn’t painful, but it will be easy to identify.
Some of the other skin cancer symptoms include a waxy area which is similar to a scar, open sores, a growth that’s wart-like and persistent patches that bleed with ease.
Most of the time you will see that skin cancer appears in those areas where your skin got exposed to the sun very often. Regions like your face and your neck are the most vulnerable ones here, but your chest, extremities, and even your back can also be targeted at times.
Skin Cancer Treatment
There are multiple methods used to treat skin cancer. However, the choice depends mostly on the tumor size, the skin cancer characteristics, the overall patient health and the location of that tumor as well.
Topical medications are designed to attack cancerous cells. These come in the form of gels and creams. The great thing about them is they don’t come with any side effect, which is quite handy!
If topical medications are not okay, electrodesiccation and curettage destruction might be another option. This is a very fast, affordable method. The downside here is that you increase the recurrence chance and you will end up with a few scars as well.
Surgical excision can be a good treatment as well. This procedure offers a great cure rate, but it’s complicated and costly. Despite that, a lot of people use this because it’s efficient.
Some of the other skin cancer treatments include radiation therapy, Mohs micrographic surgery, and photodynamic therapy!
If you want to stay away from any skin cancer problems, it’s an excellent idea to protect yourself when you face sun exposure. Radiation can easily damage your skin and it’s one of the leading causes of skin cancer. In case you feel any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should consider visiting your doctor as fast as possible!
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About Safaa Elbanna
Safaa Elbanna is a certified Homeopath and Holistic Skin Care Practitioner and a retired Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon in Toronto, Canada. Safaa helps busy working ladies avoid the aging effect of physical and mental stress, especially on the skin through natural, homeopathy medicines and techniques.