When it comes to the different kinds of skin cancer there are basically three: Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Some are treatable if caught early. To find out what the differences are read further.
Basil cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, if caught early are treatable. As you might guess the last, melanoma is more serious and can spread to other parts of the body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and taking skin cancer lightly can be dangerous.
Lets explore the 3 kinds of skin cancer:
- Basil Carcinoma – 80% of the cases this cancer is found on the head or neck. Within this type of cancer there are 13 sub-categories. Untreated it is rare that this cancer will spread beyond it’s point, but it may discolor or disfigure the affected area.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma – the 2nd most diagnose kind of cancer. More than 250,000 cases are discovered each year. The most at risk are middle aged to elderly who are light skinned and exposed to sunlight. This cancer can spread, is most dangerous on the lips and ears, and aggressive types can invade the lymph’s. 2,500 deaths a year are attributed to this kind of cancer.
- Melanoma – the most serious kind of skin cancer. The skin cell called melanin are what give your skin color. When exposed to UV these cells cause you to tan. When over exposed to UV rays they grow abnormally and become cancerous.
Now, this varies depending on your natural skin type and if you wear sunblock protection when you go outside. For men the common places are shoulder and hips or head and neck. For women it’s on the legs. There are other factors you’ll want to look at.