Wednesday, November 30, 2022
I wrote – Asmaa Morsi
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, as it affects many people, and the warning signs that indicate infection with it can vary, as some symptoms are easy to detect, while others are more subtle and difficult to detect.
Below are some of the warning signs and symptoms that indicate skin cancer, how to diagnose it, and methods of treatment, according to what was mentioned on the “healthline” health website.
Where does skin cancer develop?
Skin cancer develops primarily on areas of skin exposed to the sun, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands, and on the legs.
But it can also form in areas that rarely see daylight: the palm of your hand, under your fingernails or toenails, and the genital area.
Skin cancer affects people of all skin colors, including dark-skinned people, and occurs in areas that aren’t usually exposed to the sun, such as the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
Basal cell carcinoma.
Non-melanoma skin cancer.
Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
1. Signs of basal cell carcinoma:
Basal cell carcinoma usually develops in parts of your body that are exposed to sunlight but sometimes occurs in other places, according to the American Cancer Society.
Warning signs include:
An open sore that does not heal or heal and returns.
A hard lump on the skin that bleeds spontaneously.
A small bump that is bright pink or red, pearly, or translucent and may contain black, blue, or brown areas.
A raised red spot that itches.
A flat, firm area that looks like a pale or yellowish scar.
2. Squamous cell carcinoma:
Squamous cell carcinoma can take on many different appearances. According to the AAD, warning signs can include:
Rough, red scaly spot.
A hard lump on the skin that doubles in size in a matter of weeks.
These signs can occur in the genitals, specifically the lining of the vagina, vulva, and cervix, and are usually associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
It can also occur in the vagina in women with a history of lichen sclerosus.
People who have undergone organ transplants are more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma. This is due to the immunosuppressive medications needed to prevent organ rejection.