Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. Skin cancer most often develops on the skin exposed to the sun. But the most common form of skin cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Over 1 million cases of skin cancer are reported each year in the United States and is by far the most common type of cancer.
There are three major types of skin cancer.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
- This cancer typically appears as a white waxy lump or a brown scaly patch on sun – exposed areas of the skin. Basal cells produce new skin cells as old ones die. Limiting your sun exposure can help prevent these cells from becoming cancerous. Treatments include prescription creams or surgery to remove the cancer.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- This cancer is a common, treatable form of skin cancer. Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps is a cause. It can appear as a lump, ulcer, or scaly patch on the skin. Treatments include topical medication and minor surgery.
- This cancer occurs when the pigment-producing cells that give color to the skin become cancerous. Symptoms might include a new, unusual growth or a change in an existing mole. Melanomas can occur anywhere on the body. Treatment may involve surgery, radiation, medications, or in some cases chemotherapy.
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