Do You Know that Skin Cancer is Very Serious?
Cancer that is formed in the tissues of the skin is known as Skin Cancer. It is one of the most common kinds of cancer that affects men and women.
When the skin cells multiply in an abnormal fashion, the uncontrollable growth causes the development of a mass known as a tumor. These tumors in the skin, also known as a lesion, are cancerous growths and malignant in nature, which causes the destruction of adjacent cells leading to random growth.
These tumors can spread through the blood stream and affect other remote organs also during the advanced stages of skin cancer.
Skin cancer is divided into two kinds depending on their ability to spread around. The two types of skin cancer are non-melanoma and melanoma. Non-melanoma includes the type basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in it.
1. Basal cell carcinoma affects the lower part of the epidermis or the outer layer of the skin.
2. Squamous cell carcinoma affects the squamous cells or the flat cells that form the skin surface.
3. Melanoma affects the melanocytes or the skin cells that create the pigments.
Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma normally do not spread to other parts of the body, but squamous cell carcinoma does have the ability to spread. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer which spreads to other parts of the body.
The symptoms of skin cancer are changes in the skin which take time to heal. Sometimes skin discoloration and changes to moles on the skin can also been seen. The most common symptom is a small lump that is shiny and pale in color or a firm red lump. Some types of cancer also are associated with rough and scaly patches or flat scaly patches of red or brown color.
You must also be aware of any new suspicious growth and consult a physician in such cases. Though these growths are most of the times painless, they can also be painful at times.
A smooth round bump is normally developed on the head, shoulder or neck with signs of crusting and bleeding with development of the tumor in cases of basal cell carcinoma. In squamous cell carcinoma, a thick red color patch along with ulcer and bleeding can develop. Brown or blackish lesions are formed in cases of melanomas.
When the lesion exhibits a change in size, color or shape, it can be a symptom of the melanoma.
Skin cancer is diagnosed by the physician in using two methods.
1. Thorough body skin examination.
The doctor looks out for any abnormal growth or irregularity in the skin.
A sample of the affected area or abnormal growth is removed and examined under a microscope to check for the presence of cancerous cells.
Surgery is one effective method for the treatment of skin cancer. The complete procedure of surgical treatment begins with surgery and may include radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
The Moh’s micrographic surgery is one of the most effective techniques used for treating skin cancer. The area is numbed, then mapped out and in steps, portions of the tumor are removed and then examined under a microscope. The process is repeated, until there are no more cancer cells remaining.
Early diagnosis and detection can help treat skin cancer before it turns dangerous and self examination of your skin on a regular basis is a must.
Look for any kind of abnormal changes, discoloration or growths in your skin. You can also be checked out by your doctor to detect any signs or symptoms of cancer. In certain cases of high-risk situations, you can always consult a skin specialist on a regular basis to screen for this cancer.
Skin cancer can be prevented by adopting a few basic tips.
1. Use Sunscreens – UV rays damage our cell DNA structure. Minimize outings during the time when the sun is at its brightest.
2. Avoid excessive tanning – the sun, artificial lights (tanning beds, lamps and booths)
3. Wear protective clothing – hat, long sleeve shirt and sunglasses
4. Avoid childhood sunburns – a burn during your childhood can increase your risk of developing skin cancer
5. Eat healthy – a weak immune system can allow skin cancer to develop
Individuals with a family medical history of skin cancer or those who have a fair skin tone and freckles run a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
People who are addicted to tanning and spend a lot of hours outdoors in the sun along are at increased risks of getting skin cancer.
by: Keyvan Nouri
publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional, published: 2007-11-06
price: $66.83 (new), $494.99 (used)
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“This excellent comprehensive book covers all types of skin cancer, their clinical presentation, the genetic alterations leading to particular tumors, and treatment. The clinical color photographs for the most part are of fine quality. The histology is shown side by side with the clinical findings. Shaded summary boxes highlight the salient points for those who wish a quick read through the book….Everyone will enjoy the thorough coverage of the diagnosis and management of skin cancer in this book. I highly recommend it be purchased by any physician caring for patients with skin cancer. The abundant illustrations are of high quality.”–Doody’s Review Service
“This all-inclusive textbook contains the most comprehensive, up-to-date and detailed information on any topic related to skin cancer….It could serve as the main resource for any physician for years to come.”–Perry Robins, MD, President, Skin Cancer Foundation (from the foreword)
Comprehensive in scope, yet precise in its approach, this superbly illustrated text is a must-have clinical companion for any dermatology practice. Skin Cancer carefully takes you through every important step in the diagnosis and clinical management of skin cancer conditions.
Skin Cancer begins with an incisive discussion of both normal and aging skin, and the incidences and causes of skin cancer. Next, you’ll get a thorough look at all types of skin cancer–followed by a section on treating cancer in various patient populations, including non-white populations, children, and pregnant women. The book concludes with in-depth sections on skin cancer prevention–covering critical topics such as skin cancer vaccines and chemoprevention of skin cancer–in addition to the medicolegal and economic issues related to skin cancer.
- The complete A-to-Z guide to skin cancer, offering a clear understanding of skin cancer epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, future directions, and medicolegal and psychosocial aspects
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by: Henry Honeyman Hazen
publisher: RareBooksClub.com, published: 2012-05-19
price: $19.99 (new), $21.00 (used)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: …much more commonly in adults. The solitary forms are much commoner than the multiple or diffuse. They may be found upon any portion of the body. They vary greatly in size, from being almost microscopic to a weight of several pounds. They have their origin in the subcutaneous fatty tissue. There are several types–the solitary, the multiple, and the diffuse. The latter condition is often spoken of as “fatty neck.” Lipomas do not become malignant, and are not dangerous in any sense, but are rather unsightly. They may be easily removed by surgical interference, and do not recur if completely removed. OSTEOMA. True bony tumors of the skin must be differentiated from calcareous deposits which are the result of chronic inflammatory proc 2 Heidingsfeld: Jour. Amer. Med. Assn., 1913, lxi, 405. Heidingsfeld: Jour. Amer. Med. Assn., 1907, xlviii, 562. esses. Heidingsfeld7 has briefly reviewed some of these cases in addition to reporting one of his own. The growths probably arise from congenitally misplaced bone cells. The growths are always small, and usually occur in connection with other lesions. Histologically, they show typical bone structure. They may be removed by operation. HEMANGIOMA. A hemangioma or vascular nevus is a congenital new growth and hypertrophy of the blood vessels of the skin. Small telangiectases are frequently acquired, but the larger lesions are always congenital. Unna is inclined to believe that external pressure during intrauterine life is responsible, while still others have thought that nerve changes might be responsible, inasmuch as they frequently develop along the distribution of a nerve. Several groups must be recognized. First, the small telangiectatic spots; second, the flat nevi; third, the nevi containing spongy tissue o…
Skin cancer, skin grafts, wound vacs, basal cell, morphea. Pictures of healing process.
How To Check Yourself For Skin Cancer
Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from elunder and more videos in the First Aid category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at www.howcast.com or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at www.howcast.com Most dermatologists recommend examining your skin once a month to become familiar with what it looks like normally—so you´ll be able to recognize something that´s abnormal. And since skin cancer is curable if caught in an early stage, your life just might depend on it. To complete this How-To you will need: A full-length mirror A handheld mirror Good lighting A camera (optional) A blow-dryer (optional) Step 1: Look for ABCD´s Familiarize yourself with the ABCD´s—that is, asymmetry, border, color, and diameter. Moles or birthmarks that are asymmetrical, have a jagged or irregular border, are blotchy or not all one color, or are bigger than about the size of a pencil eraser should be seen by a doctor. Step 2: Check after bathing Check yourself immediately after bathing so you´re clean—and naked. It is important to check your entire body. Step 3: Examine hands Examine your hands, including your palms and fingernails. Step 4: Use full-length mirror Use the full-length mirror to inspect your arms, elbows, and underarms. Tip: Take pictures of moles or birthmarks so that you´ll have something to reference if someday you´re unsure whether the …