Friday, February 17, 2012

Know about Skin Cancer

Taking care of the body is important as it is the dwelling place of our soul. Our skin comprises much of our body and is actually the first layer we see in our physical appearance. It is our first shield from heat, cold, and other environmental elements. No wonder most of us may develop skin disease, and worst, skin cancer.

In fact, skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. The two common types are squamous cell cancer and basal cell cancer. These types of cancer usually form in the neck, head, face, and arms. These are also considered non-melanoma cancer. Melanoma is a more serious form which tends to spread quickly throughout the body.
Some people are more prone to skin cancer if they are exposed in the sun for a long time and get sunburned. Those who have light-colored skin, hair, and eyes are also close to having skin cancer. And of course, at times, the disease runs in family history and those who reach the age above 50.

The most common symptom when one is developing the said cancer is a change in skin appearance. This can be in the form of a sore or a growth of something.

At this early sign, one should seek a doctor for the right medication. But skin cancers can also be prevented by limiting your exposure to sun, using waterproof and sunscreen protection above SPF 30, and generally avoiding direct exposure to the sun with no protection.  

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