Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. At least one in five people get skin cancer in their lives. When your skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation, mainly from sunlight, the cells’ DNA could get damaged. Because of this, there could be mutations and abnormal growth in your skin cells, which multiply quickly to become malignant.
In today’s article, we will be discussing skin cancer- its signs, symptoms, treatment, and preventive measures you can undertake.
- How many types of skin cancer are there?
- Can you stop them?
- We’ll be discussing all of this AND more…
- Types of skin cancer
There are two types of skin cancer: carcinoma and melanoma.
While there are other types of skin lesions that could potentially become cancerous, they’re not treated as skin cancer until they mutate.
1.Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cells are present within the skin and produce new cells as the old ones die.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer.
They make up as much as 80% of cancer cases.
This type of cancer usually shows up on your face or neck.
The parts of the body most exposed to sunlight.
It appears like a white lump or a brown, scaly patch.
Basal cell carcinoma is a curable type of cancer.
It does not typically spread to other parts of your body.
But if you don’t get it treated, it can destroy your skin, tissues, and even bone.
It can even stop a particular part of your body from functioning properly.
Do you self-examine your skin?
Have you ever noticed brown patches?
Or white lumps?
What did you do?
Share your experiences with the Hopmobi community in the comments below.