There is no getting around that fact that all three types of skin cancer are on the rise.
These include: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and the most serious form – melanoma.
The important fact to know is that almost all forms of skin cancer are preventable, if you avoid over-exposure to the sun or other forms for ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
It is also a FACT that early detection can and does result in the successful treatment for even the most aggressive types of skin cancers.
What exactly causes skin cancer?
Cancerous cells typically form on parts of your body that have the most exposure to sun.
The most vulnerable areas include: your face, lips, scalp, chest, neck, arms, hands and legs.
Malignant cells can also develop in areas of your body that are rarely (or never) having been exposed directly to sunlight.
These areas include: between your toes, under your toenails or fingernails, the palms of your hands, and the genital area.
The risk of developing skin cancer is not limited simply to people with light complexions. Dark skinned people do develop melanoma, but they are more likely to have it occur in parts of the body not usually considered to be sun-exposed.
There is no time table for skin cancer lesions to develop. Depending on the type of skin cancer, a skin lesion can take many years or appear very suddenly.
The warning signs of skin cancer are usually visual.
In basal cell carcinoma, you may notice a waxy bump on your face, neck or ears, or a flat brown scar-like lesion on your back or chest.
In Squamous cell carcinoma, there is usually a firm red nodule, or a flat scaly lesion, on the face, neck, ear, hands or arms.
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer and can develop anywhere on the body.
It occurs most frequently on the trunk, head or neck of men and the arms or legs of women.
Melanoma can appear as a large brown spot with darker speckles, or a mole that suddenly changes color or size and bleeds.
Melanoma can also appear as a small lesion with an irregular border and blue, red, black or white spots.
Shiny, firm dome-shaped bumps can also be a warning sign of melanoma, as well as dark lesions.
While not every change in your skin is an indication of skin cancer, it is critical to have your doctor examine any changes that you notice.
by: Keyvan Nouri
publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional, published: 2007-11-06
sales rank: 175328
price: $81.23 (new), $12.18 (used)
The ultimate all-in-one guide to diagnosing and treating skin cancer
A Doody’s Core Title ESSENTIAL PURCHASE!
4 STAR DOODY’S REVIEW!
“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
- More than 450 illustrations
- State-of-the-art coverage of biopsy techniques, dermoscopy and mole mapping, surgical excision, reconstructive surgery of eye lid cancers and skin cancer defects, and more
- Consistent outlines of chapters within a section that summarize chapter material
- Key points that introduce the start of each major section within a chapter
- Numerous easy-to-use tables and boxes
The Skin Cancer Answer: The Natural Treatment for Basal and Sqamous Cell Carcinomasand Keratoses
by: William I. Lane
publisher: Avery, published: 1998-10-01
sales rank: 227114
price: $6.73 (new), $0.68 (used)
In spite of the steady stream of news about medical breakthroughs, some diseases are on the rise. Nonmelanoma skin cancers (squamous and basal cell carcinomas) occur as often as all other cancers combined. With their previous book on the use of shark cartilage as an anticarcinogen, I. William Lane and Linda Comac challenged the medical establishment. In The Skin Cancer Answer, they now offer a revolutionary approach to skin cancer treatment, describing in a reader-friendly tone the history, use, and effectiveness of a thoroughly tested vegetable component, which is easily applied.
Understanding Basal Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer #4)
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Understanding Squamous Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer #5)
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Skin Cancer & Melanoma Survivor – Shonda Schilling´s Story
In February of 2001, at the age of 33, Shonda was diagnosed with stage 2 malignant melanoma. A total of 5 surgeries left 25 scars crisscrossing her back, arms, legs and chest. Shonda and her family were living in Arizona at the time and they immediately adopted responsible sun habits into their daily routines. In October 2001 Shondas husband, Curt Schilling, won the World Series co-MVP honor for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The media quickly picked up on her skin cancer diagnosis. This is her story. See more at www.shadefoundation.org