Recognizing Basal Cell Carcinoma Melanoma

It can be difficult to know when the appearance of something on your body is a sign to visit the doctor, or just a byproduct of life experiences.

This is why so many skin cancers go undetected: they look like scars, moles, and pimples. In fact, they are tumors, which are easiest to remove when they are caught early.

Skin cancer image via Flickr

Early Treatment Limits Damage

One major benefit of early treatment is that it limits the amount of damage, which needs to be done to remove all cancerous cells from a basal cell carcinoma melanoma. This is a complicated sounding phrase for the most common type of skin cancer, one that is not typically fatal because it does not metastasize.

Early detection allows doctors to remove the cancer quickly with minimal scarring (if surgery is recommended).

How To Tell If You Have A Tumor?

How do you recognize a tumor, especially if you cannot see it (on your neck or behind an ear for instance)?

Ask someone to do a routine check of your body regularly, such as a spouse, parent, sibling, good friend, or doctor. You can do the same for a loved one you trust. He or she will be looking for signs that the ‘mole’ looks different from other similar markings on your skin.

For instance, it will be shiny. When it is malignant, the skin is usually dark. Although superficial basal cell carcinoma is often flat and looks like a rash, a melanoma is raised. Finally, when touched, this part of the skin could be sensitive.

Sunbathing image via Flickr

Prevention Tips

How do you prevent skin cancer if it is so widespread? Remember that the sun is powerful all year round, even when the weather is cold. If you are a skier, apply sunscreen in all exposed places and cover your body everywhere else.

In summer, keep using sunscreen and seeking shade regularly. Stay out of the midday sun wherever possible. Wide-brimmed hats reduce exposure to the neck, ears, and nose plus anywhere you missed when applying sunscreen.

Getting older and darker does not make you immune either. It is true that fair skinned people suffer more, but your age does not matter. Skin cancer can affect anyone.

Some Treatment Options

Treatment for this disease varies widely from patient to patient. Reasons for selecting one treatment over another include cost and the physical condition of a patient.

One patient will respond well to topical creams or cryosurgery. Another will benefit more from radiation or chemotherapy. With surgical removal, the surgeon can even examine the tumor he removes right away to ensure he got the whole thing.

Other sources from the Web:

Indoor tanning raises skin cancer risk, especially in young people, study says – Washington Post

Indoor tanning raises skin cancer risk, especially in young people, study saysWashington PostTHE QUESTION Do people who tan their skin indoors face a greater chance of developing non-melanoma skin cancer than those who do not?.

Tissues tell the tale: Non-invasive optical technique detects cancer by … – Phys.Org

Laboratory EquipmentTissues tell the tale: Non-invasive optical technique detects cancer by …Phys.OrgImage (b) shows blood vessels supplying a basal cell carcinoma on the forehead.


Indoor Tanning Beds Linked to Common Skin Cancers – CBS 47

Indoor Tanning Beds Linked to Common Skin CancersCBS 47Specifically, people who used tanning beds were 67% more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 29% more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than people who never used them.

About Donna May

Author Donna May is an at home skin care specialist who researches and writes about skin care products, does product reviews, and likes to discover new techniques for dealing with the many different kinds of skin issues that people develop over the course of their lives.