More than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer cases are diagnosed with the majority of thecases found to be sun-related. Melanoma, which is the most serious type of skin cancer, will account forat least 75% of deaths due to skin cancer in 2007. (American Cancer Society)There are several types of skin cancer. They are generally classified as either melanoma or non-melanoma. To name a few: (American Cancer Society)MelanomasBasal Cell CarcinomaKeratinocyte CancerSquamous Cell CarcinomaMerkel Cell CarcinomaCutaneous (skin) lymphoma
, though the less common of skin cancers,
the most life threatening. They can developfrom pigment-making cells of the skin, called melanocytes. Melanocytes are normally present in theskin, being responsible for the producing of the dark pigment melanin.
is the second most common skin cancer form. This form of skin cancermay occur on various different organs such as the skin, lips, mouth, prostate, lungs, urinary bladder,vagina and cervix.
is the most common type of skin cancer. It will rarely kill but it is stillconsidered malignant as it causes significant destruction and disfiguration.All three of these forms of skin cancer are caused by unprotected exposure of the skin to ultravioletradiation. This type of radiation comes from natural sources such as sunlight as well as man-madesources like tanning salons or heat lamps. Prolonged and repeated exposure over the years increases apersons risk of skin cancer.Visual signs between BCC and SCC are similar. Both may display signs of what appears to be a smallsore. The differences between the growths of the two are that the SCC grows at a much faster rate thanthat of BCC. (NetDoctor)Visual signs of melanomas start with knowing the
rule of your freckles and moles. (Wikipedia)
A is for Asymmetry
One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
he edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
he color is not the same all over
he spot is larger than about ¼ inch