Most people like to get a little sun. It can relax us, boost our spirits, and give us a nice natural glow. The problem is that these benefits can come with some deadly negatives, like the possibility of getting skin cancer. Skin cancer is extremely common with almost a million new skin cancers diagnosed every year. According to another study 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that if it’s caught early enough it is almost always curable. There are also so many different methods in order to prevent skin cancer which hopefully will allow individuals to never have to experience it.
Different TypesThere are four different types of Skin Cancer which include…
- Actinic Keratoses (AKs): These pre-cancers are caused by the sun and usually appear as small, crusty or scaly bumps. While most are benign, some can develop into invasive SCCs if left untreated.
- Basal Cell Carcinomas (BBCs): The most common cancers in the world often have a raised, translucent, pearly nodule that may ulcerate and bleed. They are usually caused by both cumulative and intermittent sun exposure or tanning machine exposure.
- Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs): These are usually raised, pink opaque nodules or patches that frequently ulcerate in the center. Long-term, cumulative sun exposure is the most common cause. A small percentage become invasive.
- Melanoma: This is the MOST serious skin cancer and can be life threatening if allowed to advance. Usually brown-black or multicolored plaques or nodules with irregular outline, they may crust or bleed. Look for the warning ABCDE signs of Melanoma: Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variation, Diameter (usually large), Evolving or changing.