Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Cancer

Skin Cancer is abnormal skin cells that are growing uncontrollably on your skin. It is a very dangerous cancer and if left untreated, these cancerous cells can spread from not only your skin, but into your organs and your body tissues.

Two skin cancers make up the majority of skin cancers that are diagnosed. These two types of skin cancers are Melanoma, which is the least common type, and then Basal cell carcinoma which is the more prevalent skin cancer.

One of the most common skin cancer symptoms is unusual moles that are cancerous and appear on your skin. These cancerous moles usually appear on areas that have experienced the most sun exposure in your life. This includes the face, neck, scalp, arms, lips, ears, and hands. However, it does not exclusively appear in sun exposed areas, as it is not unheard of developing in areas that rarely see sunlight– your genitals, palms, and beneath the toe nails and finger nails.

Skin cancer is not exclusive to a skin type, as it can appear in all skin tones and complexions. However, those with darker complexions and darker skin tones are more likely to develop melanoma in areas that are rarely exposed to the sun, such as genitals, legs, and feet.

In women, melanoma typically develops on the lower part of the leg. In both women and men, this type of skin cancer is able to occur on skin that hasn’t seen the sun regularly.

It is also important to note here that in order to properly look for the early signs and symptoms of skin cancer, memorize where you already have moles. This is because Melanoma can occur in existing moles, as opposed to simply making a new one. If you notice one o your moles start to look or feel different, this could be an early sign of Melanoma. By pinpointing where you have moles, you can identify early signs and symptoms and get them taken care of. Identifying early the symptoms gives you a much great chance to cure the cancer.

Melanoma and Basal cell carcinoma can show up in many different ways. You can effectively watch for skin cancer by looking at strange or unusual splotches or blemishes in your skin, as well as hurting and strange looking moles.

To avoid skin cancer, try to stay out of the sun between 10AM and 4PM, as this is when the sun is at it’s greatest intensity. Also, be sure to use sunscreen or a hat that covers all areas of your skin to ensure that your skins is not getting fried.