- is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
Symptoms and Effects:
- Symptoms vary and often include a growth or lump on skin
- A pearly or waxy bump
- A flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion
- Skin cancer develops on areas of sun-exposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands, and on the legs in women.
- It can also form on areas that rarely see the light of day like your palms, beneath your fingernails or toenails, and your genital area
What are the most common skin cancers?
- What are the warning signs of skin cancer?
Squamous cell carcinoma- crusted red nodules
Melanoma - a growing mole that changes shape, color or size; a mole that bleeds or is painful; a dark streak or black discoloration of the fingernail
Skin cancer types treatment: melanoma basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma