Melanoma is the most serious skin cancer. Knowing the warnings signs can help you with early detection. Knowing the ABCDEs will help you know what you should be looking for.
Squamous cell carcinoma is a common form of cancer that develops in the outer layer of the skin. It is usually not life threatening but can become aggressive if left untreated.
Basal cell carcinoma affects the new cells within the skin. Basal cell carcinoma usually has slow growth and often doesn't show up for many years.
Treatment for skin cancer usually involves removing the abnormal cells. In some cases, removing surrounding skin may be necessary to ensure that any extension of abnormal cells is also removed. Topical medications and chemotherapies designed specifically for skin cancer may also be used depending on your specific circumstances.
Spotting warnings signs, such as the ABCDEs, early on can mean the difference in stopping cancer before it spreads. For most individuals a once a month self check enables them to spot any noticeable changes in the skin.
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