Skin Cancer Info

SKIN CANCER INFORMATION

Signs of skin cancer

We’ve all had that moment of worry when we spot a new mole or see a blemish that seems to be taking longer than normal to heal. If you are concerned about any spot or mark on your skin, the safest thing to do is to have a medical professional at the Mole Check Clinic examine it.

To give you a deeper understanding of what skin cancer looks like and in the interest of putting your mind at ease, we’ve compiled some images and descriptions of the most common kinds of skin cancer.

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Skin cancer types:

Basal cell carcinoma

This is the most common type of skin cancer, with around 90% of cases diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma. This type of cancer tends to be slow-growing and is very treatable; practitioners can use, surgery, freezing technology or sometimes x-rays to treat it. Traits of basal cell carcinoma include:

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  • It often occurs in parts of the body that have been exposed to the sun
  • Irritation, bleeding or redness is often noted
  • Sometimes it is a sore that won’t heal.

Squamous cell carcinoma

This type of cancer accounts for around 5% of diagnosed cases. Unlike basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma is more likely to spread to other parts of the body, which can make treatment more difficult; early detection is the key. Treatment is generally through surgery and x-ray is sometimes used in combination. This cancer tends to:

Squamous cell carcinoma

  • It often occurs in parts of the body that have been exposed to the sun
  • Irritation, bleeding or redness is often noted
  • Sometimes it is a sore that won’t heal.

Melanoma

While people may be familiar with melanoma, it is the least commonly diagnosed skin cancer. It can arise from a mole that exists on the skin already, or can appear on skin that previously did not have any moles or freckles. Melanoma does not usually become irritated or bleed, but can spread very quickly to other parts of the body. Surgical removal is less complicated the earlier the cancer is detected.

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Solar keratoses (sun spots)

Sun spots can occasionally progress into a form of skin cancer. Sun spots are usually treated by freezing or creams. Sun spots are often

Solar keratoses

Solar keratoses

  • Rough
  • Slightly irritated

Normal Moles and Abnormal Moles

Normal Moles

Normal Moles

There are a number of factors that can cause a mole to become cancerous, such as family history, sun exposure, fair skin, or medications that suppress the immune system, such as cortisone. There is no one easy to way to detect a mole that has gone from normal to abnormal; if you are concerned about a mole for any reason, you should have a medical professional, such as the highly trained doctors at the Mole Check Clinic, examine it. Even if the mole is currently normal, we can create a photographic record of it to measure changes over time.

Contact us today and make an appointment to get that spot or mole examined, and regain your peace of mind.

Disclaimer:

The content of this website is for the purpose of general information only and is not in any way meant to be used for the purposes of diagnosis or treatment of any skin conditions.

The diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions should ONLY be carried out by suitably qualified Medical Practitioners The opinions expressed herein are those solely of the doctors of Skin Molecheck Centre.