Dying from non-melanoma skin cancer is RARE.
There are three common types of Non-melanoma skin cancer.
Recognizing skin cancer symptoms all depends on you. The early signs of skin cancer are easy to spot. It relies on each person taking an active role in their health care by learning how to check their bodies for irregularities on their own skin.
Do you know your moles? Get to know them and notice when they change.
If you have a partner - do body checks on each other - it can lead to fun.
Non-melanoma skin cancers
- Actinic Keratoses (AKs)
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
1. Actinic Keratoses
Also known as Solar Keratoses is best described as a precancerous skin condition. (Precancerous: a.k.a. pre skin cancer - meaning it can lead to cancer)
Actinic Keratoses are caused by long-term exposure to the sun's UV rays and most often appear in older, fair skinned people (ages 40 and older).
However, AKs are being diagnosed in younger people, even Teens at an alarming rate, most are coming from geographic areas with High sun-intensity, such as Southern California, Arizona, and Florida.
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2. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
More Americans develop basal cell carcinoma than any other form of non melanoma skin cancer.
About 80% of all skin cancers are BCC, a cancer that develops in the basal cells - the skin cells located in the epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin.
These tumors tend to grow slowly and very rarely metastasize ( when cancer spreads to other organs or parts of the body )
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3. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Is the second most common form of nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnosed in the United States.
Those most likely to be affected are, middle-aged and the elderly. Especially those with fair complexions and frequent sun exposure. The Irish curse....
SCC often develops from untreated actinic keratoses. This is scary because this type of skin cancer can metastasize to tissue and organs. However, one of the most common consequences of untreated SCC is disfigurement. And it can be ugly.
Squamous cell skin cancer is more common in men than women, and like both of the other types of non-melanoma skin cancers discussed, it develops on areas of the body most often exposed to the sun's UV rays.
However, this type of skin cancer can be found anywhere on the body, even inside your mouth and on your genitalia.
- Nudist watch out -
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