Skin cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the most common cause of the disease. In fact, over 1,000,000 people are affected each year!
Skin cancer can be divided into three different types:

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

These carcinomas are found usually in places on the body that have been directly exposed to the sun like your ears, face, and mouth.

Symptoms include a bump that turns in to an open sore (ulceration, reddish, flat spot that is sometimes crusty), a bump that gets larger over time, and a sore that won’t heal.

Left untreated, it can spread quickly to other parts of the body like the lymphatic system, bloodstream, and nerve routes.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Accounting for more than 75% of skin cancers diagnosed, basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly developed skin cancer.

These carcinomas are most commonly found on the face, neck, and hands. It is considered highly treatable and rarely spreads to other parts of the body.

Symptoms include sores that ooze or bleed, a redness area that is irritated, a yellow or white area that resembles a scar, or a pink pearly bump.

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most dangerous and deadly type of skin cancer.It can develop on any part of the body, however; the arms, legs and trunk are the most common area of the body. When detected early, it is considered highly treatable.

Symptoms include a mole, freckle, or new/existing spot that changes color in size, shape, and color. It may have an irregular outline and possibly be more than one color.

Your best defense in preventing skin cancer is to avoid excessive exposure to the sun. When you are outdoors, be sure to always wear a sunscreen and stay in a shady area if possible!

 

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