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Learning About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer that can afflict a person today. People who have skin cancer should know the type they have since this will affect the options for treatment and their outlook. If you are not sure what type of skin cancer you have, it is always best to visit a doctor to get the right information from them.

The sooner it is identified and treated, the better the chances that you may avoid surgery or even potential disfigurement or death for other more serious skin cancers. Make sure that you are in-tune with your skin so that you know what’s normal and what’s not. People usually don’t feel pain when they have skin cancer as they are usually seen rather than felt.

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Knowing Your Skin Type

People who have a skin type that are far more sensitive to UV or ultraviolet radiation will burn faster and will have higher risk of skin cancer. It should be noted however that all skin types are vulnerable to damage from UV radiation, but those that are extra sensitive will feel the consequences more.

Those that have naturally dark skin will still have to take care when they are under the sun, despite rarely getting sunburn. The high amount of melanin in a person with very dark skin is a natural protection from the sun’s UV radiation and the risk of skin cancer for these people are less. However, people with darker skin are still advised to wear sunglasses or hats to protect their eyes when out in the sun.

Skin Cancer Symptoms

A basal cell cancer may:

  • Have a waxy appearance
  • Be pearly and smooth to the touch
  • Sometimes bleed
  • Develop a scab or crust
  • Be Itchy
  • Start to heal but not to the fullest
  • Turn into a painless ulcer

For Squamous Cell Carcinoma, they may:

  • Have a thorny and hard cap
  • Feel soft to the touch
  • Have a scaly appearance
  • Make the skin raised in the area where cancer is present
  • Sometimes bleed

If you notice any changes to your skin that may appear unusual and doesn’t go back to normal after a month, the best thing you can do is to visit your doctor. Taking a photo of anything unusual can help to monitor the changes that occur.

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