Now our summer seems to have begun we have all been enjoying the weather and getting outdoors. I am a great sun lover as many of you know. We all feel a little better and happier when the suns out I am sure you agree. We do however have to remember that even when it may seem dull and overcast UV levels can still cause harm and damage our skin. Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer but if caught early enough it is also the most effectively treated. If you have skin cancer it is important to know which type you have because it affects your treatment options and your outlook (prognosis). If you aren’t sure which type of skin cancer you have, ask your doctor so you can get the right information.
Where skin cancer develops
Skin cancer begins in the cells that make up the outer layer (epidermis) of your skin. One type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma begins in the basal cells, which make skin cells that continuously push older cells toward the surface. As new cells move upward, they become flattened squamous cells, where a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma can occur. Melanoma, another type of skin cancer, arises in the pigment cells (melanocytes).
Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer
These cancers are most often found in areas exposed to the sun, such as the head, neck, and arms, but they also can occur elsewhere. They are very common but are also usually very treatable. You can find out all about these cancers, including risk factors, symptoms, how they are found, and how they are treated on the NHS site link above.
Skin cancer can affect anyone and can appear in many different ways and parts of the body. Even areas such as the bottom of your feet can be effected. A good way to keep track of any spots you have suspicions of is to make a note and track the size colour change. The picture above gives you a good and easy to remember way to check and track any changes.