Having a doctor tell you, “It’s cancer,” can be life-changing. There are numerous treatments for a wide variety of cancers, but as with many conditions, the best cure is prevention.
Skin Cancer Is The Most Common Form Of Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer by far, and even if melanoma is less common than other varieties, it is the third most commonly diagnosed skin cancer. However, melanoma skin cancer is also much more likely to spread than those other more common cancers of the skin. Unfortunately, it’s also the most dangerous form of skin cancer, because the DNA damage is irreversible. This often triggers mutations that lead to malignant tumors.
What you may think is a simple mole could be a melanoma tumor, caused in the vast majority of cases by intense UV exposure. This is why wearing sunscreen is so important if you are outdoors and exposed to the sun for more than 10 or 20 minutes at a time.
A single, significant and prolonged exposure can cause melanoma, or it may develop over time from continued UV exposure.
There is good news though. Experts tell us that skin cancer is greatly preventable, by astute management of solar exposure. Identified and treated early, melanoma can almost always be cured. The problem is when it begins to spread and advance throughout the body, multiplying and hiding in places that are very hard to treat.
Skin Cancer and Melanomas Infographic
Melanoma deaths in the United States number more than 10,000 annually. The death toll globally is thought to be somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 every year. If you notice a mole or growth on your skin, don’t take any chances. Get it checked out immediately.
Melanoma can appear as a black or brown spot, but may alternately be red, purple, blue, pink or even white. If you are concerned about a small growth or discoloration somewhere on your skin, have a dermatologist or your general practitioner take a look, just to be on the safe side.
Here’s a short informative video from MainMd about skin cancer, there symptoms and treatment: