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Skin Cancer and Types
« on: February 04, 2009, 12:53:45 PM »
Skin cancer is a malignant growth on the skin which can have many causes. The most common skin cancers are basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma. Melanoma is the least common skin cancer but it is potentially the most serious: Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common skin cancers. The majority of these are called Basal Cell Carcinomas. These are usually localised growths caused by excessive cumulative exposure to the sun. It is the second most common cancer in the young population (20 – 39 age group).

The most common types of skin cancers are:
Basal Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) are the most common. They present on sun exposed areas of the skin, especially the face. They rarely metastasize, and rarely causes death. They are easily treated with surgery or radiation.

Squamous cell carcinomas(SCC) are common, but much less common than basal cell cancers. They metastasize more frequently than BCC's. Even then, the metastasis rate is quite low, with the exception of SCC's of the lip, ear, and in immunosuppressed patients.

Melanomas are the least frequent of the 3 common skin cancers. They frequently metastasize, and are deadly once spread.

Signs and symptoms

Basal cell carcinoma usually looks like a raised, smooth, pearly bump on the sun-exposed skin of the head, neck or shoulders. Sometimes small blood vessels can be seen within the tumor.It is often mistaken for a sore that does not heal.

Squamous cell carcinoma is commonly a red, scaling, thickened patch on sun-exposed skin. Ulceration and bleeding may occur.and if treated, it may develop into a large mass.

Most melanomas are brown to black looking lesions. Signs that might indicate a malignant melanoma include change in size, shape, color or elevation of a mole. Other signs are the appearance of a new mole during adulthood or new pain, itching, ulceration or bleeding

« Last Edit: March 26, 2010, 04:55:55 PM by ruben »

Skin Cancer and Types
« on: February 04, 2009, 12:53:45 PM »
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Re: Skin Cancer and Types
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2010, 09:10:12 AM »
question po...

meron po kasi akong maliit na bump d2 sa skin ko po..
hindi naman po sya namamaga or lumalaki kaya lang worried lang po ako baka po cancer..

ano po ba hitsura ng may skin cancer?

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Re: Skin Cancer and Types
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2010, 12:44:58 PM »
paki post lang po. picturan nyo lang para makita ko .patingin din po kayo sa doctor.
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