Common Types of Skin Cancer
Knowledge is power, equip yourself with it about the most common types of skin cancer so you’re aware of what to look out for.
There are three major types of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
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Most Common Skin Cancers
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer and the most frequently occurring form of all cancers.
BCC’s are pearly or waxy bumps and scar-like lesions that appear on the skin. They are translucent, meaning you can see a bit through the surface. They can look pearly white or pink on white skin, or brown or glossy black on brown skin.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer.
Squamous cell carcinoma manifests as a filmy, red nodule in these areas, or a flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface.
Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer
The cancer can appear as large brownish spots with darker speckles, a mole that changes in color, size, or feel or that bleeds, a small lesion with an irregular border, and portions that appear red, pink, white, blue, or blue-black, a painful lesion that itches or burns, or dark lesions on your palms, soles, fingertips or toes.
Signs and symptoms of less common skin cancers
Some other types of skin cancers include kaposi sarcoma, merkel cell carcinoma, and sebaceous gland carcinoma.
Kaposi sarcoma is a rare form of skin cancer that develops in the skin’s blood vessels and causes red or purple patches on the skin or mucous membranes. This disease occurs more regularly in the bodies of people with weakened immune systems.
Merkel cell carcinoma causes firm, shiny nodules that occur on or just beneath the skin and in hair follicles. It is often formed on the head, neck, and trunk.
Sebaceous gland carcinoma is an uncommon and aggressive cancer that forms in the oil glands in the skin. It usually appears as hard, painless nodules, and can develop anywhere. Most of them occur on the eyelid, however.
Make an appointment with us if you observe changes in the appearance of your skin, such as a new growth, a change in a previous growth, or a recurring sore.