Millions of Americans develop skin cancer every year.
The type of skin cancer person
gets is determined by where the cancer begins. If the cancer begins in
skin cells called basal cells, the person has basal cell skin cancer.
When cells that give our skin its color become cancerous, melanoma
develops. Squamous cell carcinoma is another common type of skin
cancer. SCC can develop from a precancerous skin growth
Basal cell carcinoma -most common skin cancer
Some people develop dry, scaly patches or spots on their skin called actinic keratoses (AKs).
Also caused by too much sun, an AK isn’t skin cancer. An AK is a
precancerous skin growth that can turn into a common type of skin
cancer, squamous cell carcinoma
Other types of skin cancer
- Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
- Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP)
- Merkel cell carcinoma
- Sebaceous carcinoma
Melanoma is often called "the most serious skin cancer" because it has a tendency to spread.Monthly self examinations are very important in detecting it early.
goal is to detect pre-cancerous lesions and skin cancers as early as
possible and to initiate the most appropriate and effective treatment.