What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and appears on the skin. Non-melanoma skin cancers, like Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, are the most common. The first signs of non-melanoma cancers are often patches or lesions on the skin that show unnatural growth.

While melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, it is still important to pay attention to non-melanoma skin cancers and understand the forms they can take. According to the UK National Health Service; “The main symptom of non-melanoma skin cancer is the appearance of a lump or discolored patch on the skin that doesn’t heal.” The two most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Find out how to identify these types below.

> For more on the deadliest form of skin cancer, view our page on Melanoma.

Early skin cancer symptoms: skin growth, changing or appearing moles, and sores.

The importance of catching early skin cancer symptoms is not to be misunderstood: with early detection the chances of recovery are much higher. In fact, a recent study by Euromelanoma states that melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) deaths could be reduced by 54% if detected early.

Read the full article here: Early skin cancer symptoms

Essentials on Skin Cancer

When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is essential. That’s why we have collected the best information and knowledge on skin cancer topics that will help you to identify possible risks.

Most cancers have some pretty obvious signs; lumps and bumps, tenderness, pain or sickness. But when it comes to the symptoms of skin cancer, they aren’t always as plain to see. Skin cancer is slow growing and often free of glaring warning signs. That can make early detection tricky.

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Many doctors identify painful or itchy skin lesions as an indication or warning sign of skin cancer. Although not the only sign or symptom, itchy skin is amongst one of the features associated with skin cancer.

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We may wonder: what is this new mark on my skin? Where did it come from? And why? Below, we address some of these concerns and cover the basics of skin lesions, helping you understand what yours could be and how it got there.

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While for many of us moles are just brown spots on our body we pay little mind, moles come in many shapes, sizes and forms that can tell us important things about our skin health. Understanding all of the varieties of moles out there and how to identify them is the best way to prevent skin cancer and stay healthy.

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