About Skin Cancer Types
Like any other kind of cancer that can affect the body, there are several different skin cancer types.
Understanding these skin cancer types can help you to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms so that you can learn to recognize them.
The naming of different skin cancer types is done according to the type of cells that are affected by the malignancy.
The most common skin cancer types include:
Basal Cell Skin Cancer
This form of skin cancer begins developing in the basal cell layer of the skin. Generally it develops in places that have been exposed to the sun, most commonly the face. This is the most common form of skin cancer in people with fair skin.
Squamous Cell Skin Cancer
This is a skin cancer that begins in the squamous cells of the skin. This is the most common type of skin cancer for people with dark skin. Unlike other types of skin cancer, this cancer tends to appear on areas of the body that are not exposed to the sun very much when it is experienced by dark-skinned people. Fair-skinned people, however, tend to develop on areas that were exposed to the sun.
Perhaps the most well-known of the skin cancer types, melanoma begins in the pigment cells of skin, called “melanocytes”. Melanoma is not common among people with dark skin, and when it does occur, it develops in rather strange areas such as the soles of the feet or under fingernails. In light-skinned people, melanoma most often occurs on the back, lower legs, or head. Skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body, with melanoma being the most aggressive in terms of spreading. This is caused by the cancer cells breaking away from the original cancerous area and entering the bloodstream or the lymph nodes.
Find out about skin cancer, including symptoms and diagnosis, causes, prevention, incidence and mortality and treatment options. If you have questions about skin cancer symptoms and treatment options contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist.