Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer

July 30, 2015 - BasalSquamousCellSkinCancer

Basal and squamous skin cancer can be commonly found on areas of the skin exposed to the sun. Such as the head, neck, and arms. These skin cancers are very common and also very treatable.

About eight out of ten skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma. They tend to grow very slowly and hardly ever spread to other parts in the body. However, if it’s left untreated, it will eventually invade nearby areas such as bone and tissue beneath the skin. If this cancer is not removed completely, it is possible to recur in the same place as it was, or even develop new skin cancers. More than half of those diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma develop a new skin cancer within 5 years.

Squamous cell carcinoma is less likely to happen compared with basal cell carcinoma. About two out of ten skin cancers are squamous cell carcinoma. Not only does this cancer appear on the skin, it is also possible to develop in scars or chronic skin sores. They often start in actinic keratosis, a precancerous skin condition caused by too much exposure to the sun.

It is possible to prevent these cancers, but not all basal and squamous skin cancers can be avoided. With that in mind it’s always good advice is to limit your time in the sun and exposure to UV rays, by wearing a shirt, hat, sunglasses, always using sunscreen and seeking out shade whenever possible.

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