According to the National Cancer Institute the definition of skin cancer is: cancer that forms in tissues of the skin (skin has various layers).
There are several types of skin cancer. One of the more common ones is: Basal Cell Carcinoma.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma? According to The Skin Cancer Foundation it is the most common form of cancer. It's estimated that approximately one million new cases will arise in just the U.S. alone. Lining the deepest layer of skin are basal cells. If these cells become cancerous, they are considered malignant tumors. This type of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, is usually diagnosed using a simple biopsy. If detected early, Basal Cell Carcinoma can be treated fairly easy.
It is important to note that 5 to 10 percent of BCCs (Basal cell carcinomas) can damage surrounding skin,invade bone and cartilage, resist treatment and be locally aggressive. Timing is of the essence. On the upside, this type of cancer has a very, very low rate of metastasizing (the spreading of cancer cells to another part of the body).
While it may seem a bit of a mountain when one thinks of the many types of cancers there are, we still have and need to make well informed choices . Let's educate ourselves in their symptoms and most of all, the preventions we can take.
There are vast sources of information that a person can utilize. One very helpful newsletter is NewsTarget. The old adage still holds true, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". While illnesses are not all preventable, we can take good care of ourselves so that we can enjoy our lives and those of our loved ones longer and healthier!