Saturday, June 19, 2021
 Your Physical Health And Well Being

Early Skin Cancer Diagnosis For Best Treatment Outcomes

Sheet of paper with words about skin cancer.

Have you noticed any unusual skin changes lately? 

Good skincare can help defer or prevent many skin problems and disorders. It is best to be proactive to take proper care of your skin.

Raise your awareness and be alert to abnormal skin changes. Your skin's health is necessary for your wellbeing.

Keeping your skin healthy is not just about daily skincare of cleansing and lotion treatments. It is also about being aware of potential skin conditions. 

Skin cancer is a condition that damages the skin and causes illness. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. However, it is the easiest cancer to cure if diagnosed and treated early.

Skin Cancer Facts: 

Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones. As well there are a few genetic syndromes that increase the risk of skin cancers. 

Most skin cancers develop primarily in areas of sun-exposed skin. Some skin cancers can also form on areas of your body that rarely see sunlight. It includes such locations as your genital area.

Types of Skin Cancers: 

There are three major types of skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most widespread type of skin cancer. It arises from the skin cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis. A tumor can appear on the face, neck, or other body parts, such as the legs, arms, and trunk. 

Basal carcinomas grow very slowly and usually do not spread to other tissues in the body. However, they can eventually go into nearby areas and invade bone or other tissues beneath the skin.

The second most prevalent form of skin cancer is the squamous cell. It is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that often invades the deeper layers of the skin. 

A squamous cell carcinoma appears as a raised growth or persistent, thick, rough, scaly patches of skin. They can also look wart-like, may have a scab that is crusty or bleeds. 

Chronic skin ulcers are more likely to have an increased risk of developing squamous cell carcinomas. 

Thirdly is Melanomas that develop from the pigment-making cells of the skin. Cancers of the melanoma variety are less frequent but more aggressive and life-threatening than basal and squamous cell cancers.

Melanomas are more likely to spread to other parts of the body, regional lymph nodes, or other organs. 

When allowed to progress and remain untreated skin- cancer can result in disfigurement, metastases, and even death. 

Skin Cancer Management: 

Checking your skin for suspicious changes can help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages. Early detection gives you the best chance for successful skin cancer treatment.

Treatment options for skin cancer or pre-cancerous skin lesions will vary, depending on the size, type, thickness, stage, and location of the lesions. 

Small surface cancers of the skin may not require treatment beyond an initial skin biopsy that removes the entire growth.

However, melanomas may require more intensive treatment approaches of surgery, chemotherapy, targeted, and radiation therapy. Melanoma becomes harder to treat and cure once it has begun to spread internally.

Melanomas must be caught early enough for a better prognosis. If they have not spread beyond the initial site, the curative prospects are excellent.

Prevention:

Most skin cancers are preventable. You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by 

  • Limit or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet radiation. 
  • Protect yourself from sun-damaged skin by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreens and protective clothing year-round. 
  •  Avoid tanning and the use of tanning beds.
  • Watch out for chronic non-healing wounds.
  • Examine your skin regularly for new skin growths or changes in existing moles, birthmarks, or bumps. 

Protect your skin's health and always seek timely treatment. Keep your skin healthy pay attention to changes.