When it comes to skin cancer, there are three diagnosable types — each with a different symptoms, treatments and mortality rates. If you think there is any chance you may have skin cancer, do not try to self-diagnose! If you think you have cancer, see a doctor. It is important to always consult a licensed health professional before seeking treatment for skin cancer.
The most common form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, a slow-forming cancer with no risk of spreading to other body parts. As it is a relatively inert form of cancer, basal cell carcinoma has lower mortality rates than other cancers and is easiest to remove.
The second type, one that is more serious than basal cell carcinoma, is squamous cell carcinoma. This slow-growing cancer is not as inert as basal cell carcinoma, meaning that, if left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body. Yet, though there are risks involved, squamous cell carcinoma is one of the easier skin cancers to treat, often requiring a simple removal via liquid nitrogen blast or hot knife incision. Though, in some cases, larger or more invasive attacks by this type of skin cancer may require more serious surgical procedures.
The third, and most dangerous, of the skin cancers is malignant melanoma. This highly fatal cancer is known for its fast growth and ability to spread throughout the entire body. If left untreated, malignant melanoma is the deadliest of them, thus it is important that it is diagnosed and treated very quickly. Those who suffer from malignant melanoma often require surgery, as it is imperative that the cancer be removed from the body before it has time to grow and affect other organs. If left untreated, this most deadly cancer will spread throughout the body, attacking other organs, transforming into other forms of skin cancer and other lymphomas.