Skin Cancer – The Basics
Cancer is the most dreadful disease. However, skin cancer is somewhat less virulent compared to the other variety of cancers, but it has the ability to spread. Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer among human beings. The incidence of such cancer is quite high. The USA records several thousands cases every year.
The uncontrolled growth of skin cells results in skin cancer. The type of skin cancer depends upon the type of cell it arises from.
The skin basically has 3 types of cells, namely Basal Cell,Squamous Cell and pigment containing cells called Melanocytes. Accordingly, varieties of cancers are Basal Cell,Squamous and Melanoma. Among these, Melanoma is the most dangerous and is also known as malignant Melanoma.
Basal cell variety by far is the most common and constitutes 90% of all all such cancers.
Most skin cancers have a tendency of spreading to other organs. This is known as metastasis. The metastatic potential of melanoma is highest.
There are multiple causes. Fair complexioned individuals who are prone to sunburn are potential candidates for this kind of disorder.
Environmental factors like chronic exposure to sunlight particularly the Ultraviolet Spectrum appears to play a significant role in causing it
People using indoor Sunbathing equipment that utilizes Ultraviolet light are extremely susceptible to develop skin cancer.
The appearance of such cancer condition depends on the type of skin cancer. Some are seen as small pearly nodules increasing slowly in size and may become ulcerated. Others are seen as flat whitish or yellowish plaque. The majority develop it over sun exposed parts of the head and neck. It may also occur on the trunk and extremities.
Yes it can be prevented. The emphasis must be placed on early prevention. Chronic exposure to Sunlight and UV-b rays are the most important factors causing skin cancer and should be avoided.
Use of sunscreen lotions should be encouraged. Tanning salons and exposure to sun during midday should be avoided.
Any abnormal growth or change in appearance of skin on sun exposed parts of the body, known as precancerous lesion must not be neglected and should be treated early.
It can be treated successfully, providing it is diagnosed early and the proper treatment is used. Modern medicine using, microsurgery, cryosurgery and radiation can successfully treat and cure cancer.
Beating Melanoma: A Five-Step Survival Guide (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
by: Steven Q. Wang
publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press, published: 2011-03-15
sales rank: 247580
price: $11.00 (new), $7.90 (used)
Dr. Steven Q. Wang, a world-renowned skin cancer expert, provides an essential guide for people with melanoma and their families.
The book’s unique, practical format approaches the disease in two phases, just as people with melanoma need to do. First comes a step-by-step guide for what Dr. Wang calls the “mad rush” phase—an intense and stressful period from diagnosis to completing initial treatment. Dr. Wang’s calm guidance helps readers through this critical time, using an easy to understand plan for ensuring optimal treatment and survival outcomes. Once the mad rush phase is over, the “marathon phase” begins—life resumes its normal shape but with lingering concerns about new melanoma and metastases. Here Dr. Wang addresses common questions about prevention and prognosis.
Beating Melanoma offers current research in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of melanoma; photographs of different kinds of skin cancers; and a readable narrative that demystifies everything from the pathology report to the stages of cancer. The only book to outline detailed instructions for melanoma patients at all stages of their disease, it is a guide that people with melanoma will turn to with confidence.
by: Keyvan Nouri
publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional, published: 2007-11-06
price: $68.43 (new), $494.99 (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
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 …