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Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Nearly all skin cancers can be treated effectively if they are found early, so knowing what to look for is important. There are many types of skin cancer, each of which can look different on the skin. This picture gallery contains some examples of more common types of skin cancer, as well as some other non - cancerous types of skin growth. But skin cancers can look different from these examples. This is why it is important to see a doctor if you have any lumps, bumps, spots, sores, or other marks on your skin that are new or changing, or that worry you for any other reason.

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Actinic keratosis

Actinic keratosis, know as precancer, is scaly or crusty lesion. It may appear on various areas of your body: scalp, face, ears, lips, back of your hands, forearms, shoulders neck. These areas are most frequently exposed to the sun. These lesions are sometimes so small that theyre found by touch instead of sight. Theyre often raise, and may feel like small patch of sandpaper on your skin. Lesions commonly turn red, but they can also be tan or pink. They may stay the same color as your skin. It is important to treat Actinic keratosis early. Untreated lesions have up to 10 percent chance of becoming Squamous Cell Carcinoma.


Who gets actinic keratoses ?

Creams are used to treat areas of sun damage and flat actinic keratoses, sometimes after physical treatments have been carried out. Field treatments are most effective on facial skin. Pretreatment with keratolytics, and thorough skin cleansing improves response rates. Results are variable and the course of treatment may need repeating from time to time. With the exception of diclofenac gel, field treatments all result in local inflammatory reactions such as redness, blistering and discomfort for varying lengths of time. Diclofenac is more often used as an anti - inflammatory drug. Apply as gel twice daily for 3 months, It is fairly well tolerated in treatment of actinic keratoses, but less effective than other options listed here. 5 - Fluorouracil is a cytotoxic agent. Cream formulation is applied once or twice daily for 2 to 8 weeks. 5 - Fluorouracil cream is sometimes combined with salicylic acid. Its effect may be enhanced by calcipotriol ointment. Imiquimod cream is an immune response modifier. It is applied 2 or 3 times weekly for 4 to 16 weeks. Photodynamic therapy involves applying photosensitiser to affected area prior to exposing it to the source of visible light. Ingenol mebutate gel is effective after only 2 - 3 applications.

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Basal cell carcinoma

Comprising 60 percent of primary skin cancers, Basal Cell Carcinoma is a slow - growing lesion that invades tissue but rarely metastasize. Most metastatic Basal Cell carcinomas arise from large tumors. 5 Basal Cell carcinomas that have recur after excision may be at greater risk of metastasis. 6 Basal Cell Carcinoma is common on the face and on other exposed skin surfaces but may occur anywhere. The common form first appears as a small round or oval area of skin thickening. Usually there is no itching, pain or change in skin color. Area very slowly extend circumferentially, creating a slightly raised edge, which may have a shiny, pearly or slightly translucent appearance. As lesion continue to grow, central area becomes atrophic, leaving hollow that is covered by thin skin, often with visible vessels, which eventually ulcerate. Growing edges become more irregular, and shape becomes uneven. The base is also invasive and gradually erodes underlying tissue, making it difficult to excise lesion completely. Less common forms include superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma that resembles patch of dermatitis, pigment Basal Cell Carcinoma that resembles nodular malignant melanoma and aggressive - growth Basal Cell Carcinoma. Aggressive - growth Basal Cell Carcinoma is an infiltrating sclerosing lesion that may appear similar to a scar with a firm or hard base. In patients younger than 35 years, Basal Cell Carcinoma tends to adopt more aggressive forms. 7 no premalignant conditions precede Basal Cell Carcinoma. Basal Cell Carcinoma and lesions of similar appearance are compared in Table 1.


Where do skin cancers start?

Kaposi sarcoma is iscaused by human herpesvirus 8, also know as Kaposi sarcoma associated herpes virus. This cancer usually appears as lesions or tumors on skin. Tumors may also form in the mouth, lungs or digestive tract. Most US cases of KS involve patients infected with HIV, virus that causes AIDS. But KS may occur in other patients whose immune system is severely compromise. Actinic keratosis is pre - cancerous growth that may develop into squamous cell carcinomas if left untreated. These growths may be found in clusters on skin damaged by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Lymphoma of skin, or cutaneous lymphoma, is a type of non - Hodgkin lymphoma. Most cases of lymphoma form in lymph nodes, which are small glands scattered throughout the body that produce disease - fighting T - cells and B - cells, also know as lymphocytes. But lymphomas may also develop in other lymphoid tissue, including spleen, bone marrow and skin. This rare cancer may appear as rash or bumps on skin. Keratoacanthoma are typically benign tumors that grow slowly and often go away on their own. Keratoacanthoma tumors that do continue to grow are often treated as a form of squamous cell carcinoma.


Squamous cell carcinoma

These cancers are the second most common type of skin cancer, accounting for approximately 20 percent of non - melanoma skin cancers. They develop from flat squamous cells that make up much of the epidermis, outermost layer of skin. This type of skin cancer is usually found in areas of skin that have been exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, face or back of hand, but it may develop in other areas, such as in scars, skin ulcers or genital region. Squamous cell cancers usually grow slowly, and it is uncommon for them to spread, or metastasize. But they are more likely than basal cell carcinomas to invade fatty tissue beneath skin or to spread even further.

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Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma comprises 20 percent of all cases of Skin Cancer. It typically Occur on areas of skin that have been exposed to sunlight for many years. It may also appear in areas that have been subject to ionizing irradiation or in other locations in patients who have undergone treatment with immunosuppressive drugs 1 or have been exposed to organic trivalent arsenic compounds or tars. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the lip may be related to pipe smoking, as well as to sunlight exposure. Human papillomavirus infection may be a precursor of keratoacanthoma and periungual, genital and other Squamous Cell carcinomas, especially in immunosuppressed patients. 8 affected area develop slight redness, scaling, fissuring and uneven surface. Superficial dilated vessels may be visible. Lesion often appears very dry and may bleed when stretch or abrade. It spreads laterally from edges and may heap up irregularly. New lesions often appear near old ones. Clusters of lesions may occur as fleshy masses. Centers may become atrophic and develop raw patches or frank ulceration. Two other skin lesions are considered part of the Squamous Cell Carcinoma spectrum. The first type, keratoacanthoma, is closely related to Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Like Squamous Cell Carcinoma, it appears in skin damaged by sunlight or chemicals. It often Occur at the site of trauma, especially in immunosuppressed patients. It is sometimes associated with human papillomavirus infection. Keratoacanthoma appears as skin - color or pink smooth lesion, which becomes dome - shape during a period of very rapid growth. When mature, it is volcano - shape, with protruding masses of keratin resembling lava. Classic keratoacanthoma is not malignant and regresses spontaneously, but atypical lesions may actually be Squamous Cell Carcinoma. 7 Many dermatopathologists include keratoacanthoma in the spectrum of Squamous Cell Carcinoma 9. The second type is verrucous Carcinoma, variant of Squamous Cell Carcinoma that features an irregular warty surface. While metastasis of common sunlight - induce Squamous Cell Carcinoma is unusual, lesions more likely to metastasize are lesions of the lip or ear, lesions that recur after previous therapy, lesions at the site of burn and those that are more deeply invasive. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Skin may be metastatic from other locations. A variety of skin lesions are considered precursors of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Actinic keratosis appears very similar to less severe lesions of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. It is always found on skin that has received heavy exposure to sunlight. 9 10 Actinic keratosis should be sought during routine inspection of skin, especially in fair - skinned patients who have been exposed to sunlight frequently. Regular reexamination of affected skin and treatment of any areas showing growth or change can prevent neoplastic transformation or provide early treatment of malignancy 11. Epidermodysplasia verruciformis is an uncommon autosomal recessive disorder that predisposes patients to development of Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Actinic cheilitis is a condition that is similar to Actinic keratitis but occurs on vermilion of lips. Bowen's disease is Squamous Cell Carcinoma in situ that resembles plaque of psoriasis.


Where do skin cancers start?

Skin cancer is caused by mutations that occur in skin cell DNA. These changes cause abnormal cells to multiply out of control. When this occurs in squamous cells, condition is know as SCC. Uv radiation is the most common cause of DNA mutations that lead to skin cancer. Uv radiation is found in sunlight as well as in tanning lamps and beds. While frequent exposure to UV radiation greatly increases your risk of skin cancer, condition can also develop in people who do spend time in the sun or in tanning beds. These people may be genetically predisposed to skin cancer, or they may have weakened immune systems that increase their likelihood of getting skin cancer. Those who have received radiation treatment for other skin conditions may also be at greater risk of skin cancer.

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Melanoma

Although it comprises only 1 percent of skin cancers, malignant melanoma accounts for over 60 percent of skin cancer deaths. 13 It metastasizes to remote sites early, and its metastases are characteristically unresponsive to treatment. Like other skin cancers, malignant melanoma is more common on skin that has undergone excessive exposure to sunlight, but it can occur anywhere. Four types of malignant melanoma are identify. Lesions of superficial spreading melanoma are dark brown or black. In the initial phase, they have slowly spreading irregular outline. Some areas may be lighter shade. Vertical growth occurs later, penetrating into the dermis and causing some parts of the lesion to become raise. This is the most common kind of melanoma. Nodular melanoma grows vertically from the start and is more likely to mestastasize early. It has little or no lateral extension, appears as a shiny black dome. Lentigo maligna melanoma occurs in pre - existing lentigo maligna. The appearance of one or more nodules signals change to invasive lesion. Acral lentiginous melanoma occurs on the palms of hands, soles of feet, under nails and on mucosal surfaces. It is uncommon, comprising only 5 percent of melanomas in pale - skinned people. Dark - skinned people rarely get melanomas, but if they do, lesions are likely to be acral melanomas. Since not all malignant melanomas are visibly pigment, physicians should be suspicious of any lesion that is growing or that bleeds on minor trauma. If diagnosis is in doubt, it is better to take one or more adequate full skin thickness biopsies for histologic examination. Certain skin lesions are considered precursors of malignant melanoma. Blue nevi occasionally become site of melanocytic malignant change. Suspicious features, such as the location of scalps of men in their forties, growth, bleeding in minor trauma and the occurrence of dark satellite lesions around nevus, may signal this change. All blue nevi should be carefully monitored or excise. Lentigo maligna occurs on the face or other sun - exposed skin of older, fair - skinned people. It is a brown macule with some color variation, spreading slowly and unevenly at edges. Dark invasive lesions with irregular borders may grow from it. Congenital nevomelanocytic nevi are brown patches of skin that are present at birth or develop in infancy. They usually have irregular surface, and they may be slightly raised and exhibit coarse hair. Lesions that are more than 20 cm across are more likely to undergo neoplastic change into malignant melanoma, often when a child is between three and five years of age. The presence of 10 or more Dysplastic nevi confers a 12 - fold risk of developing malignant melanoma. 2 Dysplastic nevi may appear de novo or may develop from common melanocytic nevi. 3 They occur in 5 percent of the general white population, but in 30 to 50 percent of those with sporadic primary melanoma and in almost all patients with familial cutaneous melanoma.


Overview

Melanoma, most serious type of skin cancer, develops in cells that produce melanin pigment that gives your skin its color. Melanoma can also form in your eyes and, rarely, inside your body, such as in your nose or throat. The exact cause of all melanomas isn't clear, but exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds increases your risk of developing melanoma. Limiting your exposure to UV radiation can help reduce your risk of melanoma. The risk of melanoma seems to be increasing in people under 40, especially women. Knowing warning signs of skin cancer can help ensure that cancerous changes are detected and treated before cancer has spread. Melanoma can be treated successfully if it is detected early.


Symptoms

Melanoma can develop anywhere in your body, in otherwise normal skin or in existing mole that become cancerous. Melanoma most often appears on face or trunk of affected men. In women, this type of cancer most often develops in the lower legs. In both men and women, Melanoma can occur on skin that hasn't been exposed to the sun. Melanoma can affect people of any skin tone. In people with darker skin tones, Melanoma tends to occur on palms or soles, or under fingernails or toenails. Large brownish spot with darker speckles mole that change in color, size or feel or that bleed small lesion with irregular border and portions that appear red, pink, white, blue or blue - black painful lesion that itch or burns dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes, or on mucous membranes lining your mouth, nose, vagina or anus


Causes

Melanoma occurs when something goes wrong in melanin - producing cells that give color to your skin. Normally, skin cells develop in a controlled and orderly way. Healthy new cells push older cells toward your skin's surface, where they die and eventually fall off. But when some cells develop DNA damage, new cells may begin to grow out of control and can eventually form mass of cancerous cells. Just what damages DNA in skin cells and how this leads to melanoma isn't clear. It's likely that a combination of factors, including environmental and genetic factors, causes melanoma. Still, doctors believe exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and from tanning lamps and beds is the leading cause of melanoma. Uv light doesn't cause all melanomas, especially those that occur in places on your body that don't receive exposure to sunlight. This indicates that other factors may contribute to your risk of melanoma.


Risk factors

Having less pigment in your skin means you have less protection from damaging UV radiation. If you have blond or red hair, light - colored eyes, and freckles or sunburn easily, you are more likely to develop melanoma than someone with a darker complexion. But melanoma can develop in people with darker complexions, including Hispanic people and black people. History of sunburn. One or more severe, blistering sunburns can increase your risk of melanoma. Excessive ultraviolet light exposure. Exposure to UV radiation, which comes from the sun and from tanning lights and beds, can increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. Living closer to the equator or at higher elevation.S People living closer to earth's equator, where the sun's rays are more direct, experience higher amounts of UV radiation than do those living farther north or south. In addition, if you live at high elevation,s you are exposed to more UV radiation. Having many moles or unusual moles. Having more than 50 ordinary moles on your body indicates an increased risk of melanoma. Also, having an unusual type of mole increases the risk of melanoma. Know medically as dysplastic nevi, these tend to be larger than normal moles and have irregular borders and a mixture of colors. Family history of melanoma. If a close relative such as a parent, child or sibling has had melanoma, you have a greater chance of developing melanoma, too. Weaken immune system. People with weakened immune systems have an increased risk of melanoma and other skin cancers. Your immune system may be impaired if you take medicine to suppress your immune system, such as after organ transplant, or if you have a disease that impairs your immune system, such as AIDS.


Prevention

You can reduce your risk of melanoma and other types of skin cancer if you: avoid the sun during the middle of the day. For many people in North America, sun's rays are strongest between about 10 am and 4 pm. Schedule outdoor activities for other times of day, even in winter or when the sky is cloudy. You absorb UV radiation year - round, and clouds offer little protection from damaging rays. Avoiding the sun at its strongest helps you avoid sunburns and suntans that cause skin damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Sun exposure accumulates over time also may cause skin cancer. Wear sunscreen year - round. Use broad - spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, even on cloudy days. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours or more often if you are swimming or perspiring. Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with dark, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs, and a broad - brim hat, which provides more protection than a baseball cap or visor. Some companies also sell protective clothing. A Dermatologist can recommend the appropriate brand. Don't forget sunglasses. Look for those that block both types of UV radiation, UVA and UVB rays. Avoid tanning lamps and beds. Tanning lamps and beds emit UV rays and can increase your risk of skin cancer. Become familiar with your skin so that you 'll notice changes. Examine your skin often for new skin growths or changes in existing moles, freckles, bumps and birthmarks. With the help of mirrors, check your face, neck, ears and scalp. Examine your chest and trunk and the tops and undersides of your arms and hands. Examine both the front and back of your legs and your feet, including soles and spaces between your toes. Also check your genital area and between your buttocks.


Skin Cancer Treatment

Treatment of skin cancer is similar to that of other cancers. However, unlike many cancers inside the body, it is easier to access cancerous tissue and remove it completely. For this reason, surgery is the standard treatment option for melanoma. Surgery involves removing lesion and some noncancerous tissue around it. When surgeons remove lesion, they send it to pathology to determine the extent of involvement of cancer, and to make sure that they have removed all of it. If melanoma covers large area of skin, skin graft may be necessary. If there is a risk that cancer has spread to lymph nodes, doctor may request a lymph node biopsy. They may also recommend radiation therapy for treating melanoma, especially in later stages. Melanoma may metastasize to other organs. If this happen, doctors will request treatments depending on where the melanoma has spread, including: chemotherapy, in which doctor uses medications that target cancer cells immunotherapy, in which doctor administers drugs that work with the immune system to help fight cancer. Target therapy, which uses medications that identify and target particular genes or proteins specific to melanoma

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Picture of Skin Cancer

Most skin cancers occur in sun - exposed areas of skin, and there is a lot of scientific evidence to support ultraviolet radiation as a causative factor in most types of skin cancer. Family history is also important, particularly in melanoma. The lighter your skin type, more susceptible you are to UV damage and to skin cancer. You have a higher risk of developing skin cancer, and should be particularly careful about sun exposure, If you have any of these factors: long - term sun exposure Fair skin and lighter eye color place of residence presence of moles, particularly if there are irregular edges, uneven coloring, or increased in size of mole Family History of Skin Cancer, particularly melanoma Use of indoor tanning devices Severe sunburns as child Non - healing ulcers or nodules in Skin History of organ transplant or other immune system suppression there are several types of Cancer that originate in Skin. The most common types are Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These types are classified as Non - melanoma Skin Cancer. Melanoma is the third type of skin cancer. It is less common than Basal cell or squamous cell cancers, but potentially much more serious. Other types of skin cancer are rare. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It typically appears as a small raised bump that has a pearly appearance. It is most commonly seen on areas of skin that have received excessive sun exposure. These cancers may spread to the skin surrounding them, but rarely spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma is also seen in areas of the body that have been exposed to excessive sun. Often this cancer appears as firm red bump or ulceration of skin that does not heal. Squamous cell carcinomas can spread to lymph nodes in area. Melanoma is skin cancer that arises from melanocytes in the skin. This makes up five percent of skin cancers. Melanocytes are cells that give color to our skin. These cancers typically arise as pigmented lesions in skin with irregular shape, irregular border, and multiple colors. It is the most harmful of all skin cancers, because it can spread to lymph nodes or other sites in the body. Fortunately, most melanomas have a very high cure rate when identified and treated early.

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Checking for skin cancer symptoms

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. If you know what to look for, you can spot warning signs of skin cancer early. Finding it early, when it is small and has not spread, makes skin cancer much easier to treat. Some doctors and other health care professionals include skin exams as part of routine health check - ups. Many doctors also recommend that you check your own skin about once a month. Look at your skin in a well - lit room in front of a full - length mirror. Use a hand - held mirror to look at areas that are hard to see. Use ABCDE rule to look for some of the common signs of melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer: basal and squamous cell skin cancers are more common than melanomas, but they are usually very treatable. Both basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas, or cancers, usually grow in parts of the body that get most sun, such as the face, head, and neck. But they can show up anywhere. Flat, firm, pale or yellow areas, similar to scars, raise reddish patches that might be itchy. Small translucent, shiny, pearly bumps that are pink or red and which might have blue, brown, or black areas Pink growths with raised edges and lower area in their center, which might have abnormal blood vessels spreading out like spokes of wheel open sores and which dont heal, or heal and then come back rough or scaly red patches, which might crust or bleed raise growths or lumps, sometimes with lower area in center Open sores and which dont heal, or heal and then come back Wart - like growths not all skin cancers Look like these descriptions, though. Point out anything youre concerned about to your doctor, including: Any new spots Any spot that doesnt look like others on your body. Any sore that doesnt heal Redness or new swelling beyond the border of mole color that spread from the border of spot into surrounding skin Itching, pain, or tenderness in area that doesn't go away or go away then come back Changes in surface of mole: oozing, scaliness, bleeding, or appearance of lump or bump

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Types

Actinic keratosis, or solar keratosis, occurs after excessive sun exposure to particular area of the body. People with actinic keratosis may develop small, red, scaly patches on skin. Patch usually do not cause symptoms. Actinic keratosis most commonly occurs in exposed areas of the body, such as hands, head, or neck. These patches are precancerous lesions. Over time, there is a slight risk that they will develop into a type of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. It can be difficult for doctors to determine whether or not actinic keratosis patch will change over time and become cancerous. Even though most cases of actinic keratosis do not turn into cancer, doctors still recommend early treatment and attending regular checkups to prevent development of cancer.


Basal cell carcinoma

Of more than 3 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year, more than 80 percent are basal cell carcinoma, according to the American Cancer Society. These cancers develop within the basal cell layer of skin, lowest part of the epidermis. This type of skin cancer tends to occur in areas of skin that receive most exposure to the sun, like the head and neck. Basal cell cancers usually grow slowly, and it is rare for them to spread, or metastasize, to nearby lymph nodes or even to more distant parts of the body. But this may occur if it is left untreated, so early detection and treatment are important. Basal cell cancers may also recur in the same location where the original cancer form. Patients who have had basal cell carcinoma once have an increased risk of developing new basal cell cancer elsewhere. As many as 50 percent of these patients may develop new basal cell carcinoma within five years of their first diagnosis.


What Is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is out - of - control growth of abnormal cells in the epidermis, outermost skin layer, caused by unrepaired DNA damage that triggers mutations. These mutations lead skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. The main types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. Two main causes of skin cancer are the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays and the use of UV tanning machines. The good news is that if skin cancer is caught early, your dermatologist can treat it with little or no scarring and high odds of eliminating it entirely. Often, doctors may even detect growth at precancerous stage, before it has become full - blown skin cancer or penetrates below the surface of skin.

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Summary

Healthcare professionals advise people to check for symptoms of skin cancer regularly. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Receiving diagnosis early will improve the outlook, regardless of type. If a mole or mark has undefined or uneven edges, multiple colors, or is atypical in any way, this can indicate skin cancer, as can the appearance of sores that do not heal. Anyone with concerns about marks, moles, or lesions should speak to a doctor. Exposure to UV light is the most significant risk factor for skin cancer. The best way to prevent disease is to stay safe in the sun.


What is skin cancer?

Although anyone can develop skin cancer, those that are most at risk for skin cancer are people who: have had organ transplant Tan or use tanning beds Get easily sunburn Have fair or freckle skin Have a family history of skin cancer Have blue eyes Take medications that suppress / weaken immune system people who work or spend more time outdoors Have increase risk for skin cancer, especially those in sunny climates. People with darker skin are still able to get skin cancer, but the risk is substantially lower. Organ transplant patients are up to 100 times more likely to develop Squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer when compared to the general population, largely because they take medications that suppress their immune systems. Risk factors unique to Melanoma include a history of severe sunburns and an abundance of large and irregular moles.

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Diagnosing non-melanoma skin cancer

Your GP can examine your skin for signs of skin cancer. They may refer you to a skin specialist or specialist plastic surgeon if they are unsure or suspect skin cancer. You 'll have urgent referral if you have Squamous cell skin Cancer. A specialist will examine your skin and may carry out a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of skin cancer. Biopsy is a procedure where some of the affected skin is removed so it can be studied under a microscope. If your GP suspects skin cancer, they may refer you to a skin specialist. A Specialists should be able to confirm diagnosis by carrying out physical examination. But they 'll probably also perform biopsy. This is a minor surgical procedure where part or all of the tumour is removed and studied under a microscope. This is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. This means you 'll be conscious but the affected area will be numb, so you won't feel any pain. Biopsy lets dermatologist find out the type of skin cancer you have and if there's any chance of it spreading to other parts of your body. Skin Cancer can sometimes be diagnosed and treated at same time. Tumours can be removed and test. You may not need further treatment because cancer is unlikely to spread. It's usually several weeks before you receive results of the biopsy. If you have basal cell carcinoma, further tests aren't usually needed. This is because it's very unlikely that cancer will spread. But you may have second basal cell carcinoma on different areas of skin. It makes sense to have all of your skin examined by a skin expert. In rare cases of Squamous cell carcinoma, further tests may be needed. This is to make sure cancer hasn't spread to lymph nodes or another part of your body. These tests may include physical examination of your lymph nodes. If cancer has spread, it may cause your glands to swell. If the dermatologist thinks there's significant risk of cancer spreading, it may be necessary to perform biopsy on the lymph node. This is called fine needle aspiration. During FNA, cells are removed using a needle and syringe so they can be examine. Finding cancerous cells in nearby lymph node would suggest Squamous cell carcinoma has started to spread to other parts of your body.

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Complications

Your treatment and how you respond to it will depend on the location, stage and type of Melanoma you have. This mean, your needs and possible complications after treatment will vary depending on your treatment journey. Scarring pain lymphoedema where removal of lymph nodes disrupts the lymphatic system, leading to build - up of fluids in your limbs, emotional and psychological issues such as depression and anxiety long - term side effects of treatment. Your doctor will discuss any treatment or care required for these or other issues with you. You may also find it helpful to talk to a trained counsellor, psychologist or specialist phone Helpline. You can contact Melanoma Patients Australia at 1300 88 44 50 or Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 for support and assistance. It is also very important that you continue to check your own skin regularly to look for any changes and to see your dermatologist for regular skin checks. If you have had Melanoma, there is a chance that cancer may return;. However, most people treated for early Melanoma have no further trouble with the disease. The chance of your melanoma returning is higher if your previous cancer was particularly widespread and advanced. You will need regular check - ups to monitor your health. You will be taught a range of self - examination techniques that you can use to check for any changes in your skin, or enlarge lymph glands near to where you had cancer. If you are concern, you should see your specialist as soon as possible. It is also very important to avoid overexposure to the sun. Many people who have had Melanoma become fearful that their own family and friends are at risk of getting Melanoma. This is normal. If you have these concerns, speak to your family about how they can care for their own skin and advise them to visit their doctor for a regular skin check.


Symptoms of skin cancer

Skin cancer screening performed by your dermatologist is a quick and easy procedure. You will be asked to remove your clothes down to your underwear and wear a thin, paper robe. When your doctor comes into the room, they will examine every inch of your skin, noting any unusual moles or spots. If they see anything questionable, they will discuss next steps with you at this point. Early detection is the best way to ensure successful treatment of skin cancer before it develops further. Unlike other organs, your skin is highly visible to you at all times. That means you can proactively watch for signs of changes, unusual spots, or worsening symptoms. You can follow a self - examination regimen that will help you check every part of your body, even parts that are not exposed to the sun. Melanoma is particularly prone to developing in areas that are commonly exposed to the sun. So it is important you check places like your head and neck as well as between your toes and in your groin.


Causes of skin cancer

Both types of skin cancer occur when mutations develop in the DNA of your skin cells. These mutations cause skin cells to grow uncontrollably and form the mass of cancer cells. Basal cell skin cancer is caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds. Uv rays can damage DNA inside your skin cells, causing unusual cell growth. Squamous cell skin cancer is also caused by UV exposure. Squamous cell skin cancer can also develop after long - term exposure to cancer - causing chemicals. It can develop within burn scars or ulcer, and may also be caused by some types of human papillomavirus. The cause of melanoma is unclear. Most moles do turn into melanomas, and researchers are not sure why some do. Like basal and squamous cell skin cancers, melanoma can be caused by UV rays. But melanomas can develop in parts of your body that are typically exposed to sunlight.

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Basal cell skin cancers

Basal and squamous cell skin cancers are more common and not as dangerous as melanoma. They can develop anywhere, but they are most likely to form on the face, head, or neck. Flat, firm, pale or yellow area of skin, similar to scars, reddish, raise, sometimes itchy patches of skin small shiny, pearly, pink or red translucent bumps, which can have blue, brown, or black areas. Pink growths that have raised edges and lower center, and abnormal blood vessels may spread from growth like spokes of wheel open sores that may ooze or crust, and either do not heal or heal and return rough or scaly red patch that may crust or bleed raise growth or lump, sometimes with lower center open sores that may ooze or crust, and either do not heal or heal and return growth that look like wart not all skin cancers look alike. The American Cancer Society recommends that people should contact their doctor if they notice: mark that does not look like others on body, sore that does not heal redness or new swelling outside the border of mole itching, pain, or tenderness in mole oozing, scaliness, or bleeding in mole

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