Month: August 2018

Different Types of Skin Cancer


Skin cancer can be found in people for different reasons. The most common types of skin cancer include melanoma, squamous carcinoma and basal carcinoma. Melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms of cancer as its the only one that contains a membrane cancer.

Signs of skin cancer

The signs of skin cancer may vary, and it’s always best to check with your doctor to see if you have any signs of skin cancer. Some signs can include new spots, moles or freckles in your skin. Earliest detection can be treated faster, and you’re less likely to go through less extensive surgeries.

How to check for skin cancer

When checking for skin cancer, make sure that you go through your entire body including areas that aren’t exposed. Hidden areas including the scalp, in between fingers and nails should be checked thoroughly. You could use a mirror or ask a family member to help you check other areas of your body.

What to look for

As mentioned previously, there are three different types of skin cancer. It’s ideal to know what you need to look out for to know which skin cancer you may have. Melanoma shows a sign of a new spot appearing on your skin or when an existing spot starts to change in colour or size. The basal carcinoma will show signs of a lump in shade of red or pale. It will also appear crusty on the surface. The nodular melanoma can appear as different colours from brown, black, red or pink. The skin will also have a firm texture.

Early Detection

People who have a lot of moles and freckles are at higher risk of skin cancer. Although not all moles and freckles are cancerous, it’s still worth checking with your GP to ensure you do not have them. In case you do have skin cancer, it’s also better to detect them at an early stage for early treatments and prevent it from spreading.