A Guide to Skin Cancer

The mere mention of the word cancer is enough to make anyone hyperventilate. There are, of course, different types of cancer. In this article, we take a look at skin cancer.

When sitting in a doctor's office, one always tends to get the feeling any news will be bad news. Imagine sitting there and having your doctor tell you that you have cancer.

What would your reaction be to such news. Panic? Shock? What would it mean to your life, your family, your friends if you found out you had cancer. What if it is terminal?

Being told you have cancer can certainly get the pulse going. You could have something horrific, but skin cancer usually isn't. Even more important, you could have prevented it.

The layers of your skin, with the epidermis being typical, are where you will find skin cancer. In nominal terms, the cancer is an atypical growth in the cells of the particular layer.

As you can probably guess, skin cancer is caused by sun exposure. The exposure can be for short periods that result in burns, but they can also be for exposure over long periods of time. Having a good tan has not been shown to make a difference.

"Skin cancer" is actual a global term for a health risk that can be caused by a number of problems. That is to say, you don't get skin cancer per se. You get one of the following.

The least common form of skin cancer is also the deadlines. We are talking about melanoma. Malignant. Unless caught early, it will spread and is fatal.

Basal cell skin cancer, on the other hand, is the most frequently seen skin cancer. It is rarely fatal. Oddly, it can also be hereditary. If you family has a history of it, get checked out.

A third category of cancer is Squamous cell. It is can form on your skin or in your internal organs. How scary is that? Squamous is treatable, but can also spread and be fatal.

There is a really sad thing about people with bad skin cancer. The ugly truth is they could have done something about it. You see, skin cancer is prevented pretty easily.

Picture a warm, sunny day. What are people doing? They are lying out in the sun. They are going on walks. They are doing some landscaping. All of these things put them at risk for skin cancer.

Should you avoid being outside. Nope. All you have to do is take precautionary steps. First and foremost, wear sunscreen! How hard is that? It will protect you from the damaging rays of the sun and the potential of skin cancer.

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Author: John Grimme