We've had more than a million new cases of skin cancer every year that get reported. It is the number one form of cancer in the United States and its rising faster than any other type of cancer. It is appearance is common on your face, head and neck, top of the shoulders, and area –where the heavy sun-exposed parts of the body are. That comprises 80% of the cases.
The primary cause of skin cancer is the UV, the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. But you can also get it from the tanning booth, and artificial lamps. The basal cell carcinoma is the most prevalent kind of skin cancer. We have about 800,000 new cases of this form of cancer every year. To update your knowledge about the treatment and diagnosis of skin cancers, arm yourself with healthcare management training.
One out of every three new cancers is a skin cancer. And 80% of those are going to be basal cell. One of the warning signs of basal cell carcinoma is the open source, bleeding, oozing or a persistent non-healing sore.
Another warning sign of this peculiar type of cancer is a red irritated patch. You’ll usually see them in the chest and the shoulders or the extremities. People wait too long for the warning signs to become scary. They look for things that are big, black, yucky and bleeding
The most common warning sign is the shiny bump or a nodule. Usually, you'll see them as pearly white or translucent. But if you have dark skin, they look like moles. So, people tend to shrug it off until it is at an aggressive stage because it can easily be mistaken for a mole.
The next warning sign is a pink growth that has an indentation in the middle or even scar on your skin. The scar will have the skin tight and shiny.
Moving over to another type of cancer is the squamous cell carcinoma, it consists of about 200,000 cases. About 20% of the cases will have squamous cell carcinomas. It's confined to the head, face, neck, shoulders area.
The squamous cell carcinoma remains confined usually for a while to the epidermis, but if they go untreated, they will invade and penetrate the underlying tissue.
The excisions associated with this cancer get really large and disfiguring and are called warts with scaly red patch. Interestingly, they look similar to the basal cell ones. So, from a layman's or a patient's perspective, they're not going to be able to tell the difference because a skin cancer is just a skin cancer to them. But that manifests a lot of times in similar fashion. The elevated growth and the depression may rapidly increase in size.
The last type of cancer is the melanoma cancer, which is the most serious cancer but is also the highly curable one if it is caught early. In the early stages, it's almost 100% curable. So, getting the cancer detected in time is very important.
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