It is possible to find skin cancer early.
When treated before it spreads, most skin cancers can be cured. This type of cancer often starts where we can see it. The first sign may be a slowly growing bump, a changing mole, or a dry and scaly rough patch.
Be familiar with your skin to find cancer early. If you notice a spot or lump that is growing, bleeding, or changing, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
Common Types of Skin Cancer
Basal Cell Carcinoma
This is the most common type of skin cancer. Most occurrences of Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) are very treatable. Seeing a dermatologist early is important. BCC can grow deep, making treatment more difficult.
This skin cancer can spread quickly. When treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes, the cure rate is nearly 100%. Be sure you know the early signs of this very serious skin cancer.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) tends to form on skin that has been exposed to the sun for years. When found early and treated, SCC is curable. SCC can spread, making treatment more difficult.