What Are the Most Common Types of Skin Cancer?
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | January 9, 2017
Around half of all Americans who live to age 65 will deal with one of the two most common kinds of skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma—at some point in their lifetimes, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Usually evidenced through spots or sores on the skin, both of these forms of skin cancer are worth catching early. So what does that mean for you? Since there’s a high chance that you deal with skin cancer, how can you be prepared to spot it? What do you look for? To help answer these questions, here are some specifics about the common forms of the disease.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Also known as BCC, basal cell carcinoma is the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer. It typically shows itself in abnormal growths or lesions that look like open sores, red spots, scars, shiny bumps or pinkish growths. While BCC rarely spreads or becomes life‐threatening, it should still be taken seriously. If not treated early, BCC can become disfiguring to patients.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Also known as SCC, squamous cell carcinoma is the second most frequently occurring form of skin cancer. Like BCC, it shows itself in growths on the skin, which in the case of SCC may look like scaly red patches, open sores, or warts. While there are more than a million cases of SCC diagnosed every year in America, there are as many as 8,800 deaths.
To catch and treat both BCC or SCC effectively, early detection is vital. With an early diagnosis, treatment has a much greater chance of counteracting the condition quickly and successfully. That’s why skin cancer screening is so important. Through a screening like the ones we offer at Skin Cancer Care Specialists, you have the best chance of knowing what needs to be treated. Our specialists can visually inspect your skin to see if there are any potential problem areas and provide treatment accordingly.
Are you interested in setting up a skin cancer screening? Contact our offices today to learn more!