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Types of Skin Cancer are described below. This site promotes natural gentle alternatives as a better first step to the cut, poison, and burn approach of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Alternative medicine herbal cures including essiac, ellagic acid, and graviola, and electromedicine therapies include Beck, Rife, and Lakhovsky technologies. Cancer is caused by a too acid diet that will turn symbiotic organisms into parasites. Avoid the danger by maintaining an alkaline diet; it really is as simple as that.

 



Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is an uncontrolled growth of the cells of the skin. More than 90% of skin cancer occurs on skin that has been exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation; it is more common in people with light skin, hair, and eyes. Skin growths such as warts, moles, or corns are not cancer, and are seldom a serious problem.

Types of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is generally classified by the layer of the skin involved. The outer layer of skin, the epidermis, is composed of Basal cells in the lowest layer, Squamous cells in the middle layer, and Melanocytes (pigment producing cells). Sometimes cancer is divided into melanoma and non-melanoma cancer; the latter includes Basal cell and Squamous cell carcinoma.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of malignant cancer (meaning that it invades other parts of the body) and accounts for about 75% of skin cancers.  This cancer eats the surrounding tissue giving it the appearance of being gnawed; this gives it the name "rodent ulcer". It affects small areas, grows slowly, usually stays in a local area, and rarely spreads to other areas of the body, but it can grow to 1 or 2 cm in diameter after several years of growth, and may invade nearby nerves, bone, and brain. Symptoms include a skin lesion, lump, or bump, which may have a pearly or waxy appearance, may be white or light pink, may be flesh colored or brown, and may be flat or slightly raised. There may be a scarlike lesion, and blood vessels may be visible on the lesion or surrounding skin. There may be a sore that does not heal.  Basal cell carcinoma usually occurs in people over the age of 40.

Squamous cell carcinoma is a malignant tumor of the middle layer of the skin. While more aggressive than basil cell cancer, it still may grow rather slowly. It is more likely than basal cell cancer to spread (metastasize) to other areas. It is usually painless initially, but an ulcer that does not heal may become painful. Symptoms include a lesion, a reddened growth or bump that is small, firm, and may be flat or cone shaped. The surface may be scaly or crusted. It usually appears on the neck, face, ears, arms, and hands, but may appear on the tongue, mouth, lip, genitals, or other areas.  Squamous cell tumors usually occur in people over the age of 50.

Melanoma is a dangerous but less common form of cancer that spreads to other tissues or organs. It resembles moles, but there are differences. A skin lesion is usually of irregular shape, and the outline is ragged rather than smoothly defined; one half may be different from the other half. The lesion is usually more than about 6mm across, or has increased in size recently. The lesion is raised above the surface of skin. The color may vary from one area to another, usually with shades of brown to black, but red, white, blue, or tan are possible.

Skin Cancer Symptoms
Skin cancer seldom causes pain. Some symptoms may be common with other diseases that are not cancer. Skin cancer symptoms include:

• Sores that bleed or ooze and do not heal

• Discoloring on parts of the skin

• Ulcers in the skin

• Changes in existing moles

• A firm red lump

• A spot that becomes itchy, tender, painful, red, or swollen
 

You can find pictures of skin cancer.

Medical science cannot explain what causes cancer, and it promotes early detection in place of prevention. It would be beneficial to learn what causes cancer, and then take the steps to avoid it. See the links below.

Related links

Causes of Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Symptoms

Melanoma Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Treatment

Choose Your Cancer Cure

Prevention and Cause of Cancer

 

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