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What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer can occur as a direct result of skin cells experiencing trauma such as too much exposure to UV radiation such as the sun or in some instances a tanning bed. The skin is one of the largest organs in the body and as such should be cared for with great diligence and care. When your skin cells are damaged they can turn into different types of cancer such as BCC or melanoma.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Skin Cancer?
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (Sometimes referred to as a BCC)
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
While bot the basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and the squamous cell carcinoma are known as non-melanoma skin cancers and need to be checked it is the Melanoma that holds the truly deadly ramifications if left unchecked and is easily considered the most dangerous skin cancer. Roughly two-thirds of all Australians may be diagnosed with skin cancer at some stage in their life.
The prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year is on the rise in line with population growth especially among men with an occurrence of almost double that of women diagnosed. At present melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australia for people aged between 15 – 44 years of age.
Signs & Symptoms Of Skin Cancer
It is very common for symptoms related to skin cancer to vary wildly between region and individual there are some commonalities worth looking out for if you are regularly exposed tp the sun and are looking to stay proactive about your health and wellbeing. In general you will likely see some form of discolouration or lumpiness in the skin which may be a saw lump or slight raised skin. Keep an eye on moles and skin patches that are a different colour to the rest of the body and make sure to check the who body or have a GP give you a regular check up. A common trend in skin cancer treatment is the speed of identification and treatment. Due to increase in the chance of minimising intrusive treatments such as surgery, liquid nitrogen or laser intervention. Quick identification and treatment can also greatly reduce some of the more serious effects such as cosmetic issues and in some instances death.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer Symptoms
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer Symptoms
- Melanoma Skin Cancer Symptoms
Treatments For Skin Cancer
- Basal Cell Carcinoma Cancer Treatment Options
- Squamous Cell CarcinomaCancer Treatment Options
- Melanoma Skin CancerCancer Treatment Options
Alternative Treatments For Skin Cancer