The most severe forms of skin cancer - what to look out for
Posted Jul 28 2013 4:41pm
What are the dangerous forms of skin cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body.?
Skin cancer expert, Dr Raj Mallipeddi describes the most common types in order of decreasing frequencyApplied to urination, needing to urinate more often than normal, for whatever reason. but increasing severity as being the following:
Basal cellThe basic unit of all living organisms.carcinomaA malignant tumour (cancer) that is formed from the epithelium, the tissue that covers the open surfaces of organs.,
Squamous cell carcinoma and
The incidenceThe number of new episodes of a condition arising in a certain group of people over a specified period of time. rates overall are increasing year on year. The most recent data from 2010 revealed over 112,000 cases of skin cancer in the UK.
The Guide to Sun and Moles
In his plain English article with useful illustrative pictures, Dr Mallipeddi explains the A, B, C, D guide for checking changes in moles.
Melanoma tends to appear as a new lesiona general term to cover any abnormality such as a wound, infection, abscess or tumour. more often than developing from a pre-existing mole. Therefore, a new mole or one which is out of keeping with the surrounding moles should be scrutinised more carefully. Moles which become itchy or bleed may also need further specialist attention.
It is also important to realise that most skin cancers do not appear as “moles” in the typical sense. Basal cell carcinoma may appear as a pearly pink/red nodule, a red scaly patch or an ulcerAny abnormal break in the epithelium, the outer layer of cells covering the open surfaces of the body.. There is often a history of bleeding. Squamous cell carcinoma often appears as a scaly or crusty area of skin or lump, with a red, inflamed base. They may be tender and bleed when rubbed.
Ageing and Actinic Keratoses
As we age we develop scaly rough patches predominantly in sun exposed areas (e.g. face, ears, scalp in balding areas, backs of hands and forearms). These are known as actinic keratoses and they become more common with advancing age especially in fair skinned people with a history of sun exposure. These occasionally develop into squamousRelating to cells that make up epithelium, the outer layer of cells that covers the open surfaces of the body. cell carcinoma and so can be considered pre-cancerousMalignant, a tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..