What is Skin Cancer?
Prevention and regular check ups of your skin should detect any suspicious spots as soon as they develop.
Types of Skin Cancer
There are three types of skin cancer. These are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) or Melanomas.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Most common form of skin cancer
Least dangerous form of skin cancer
May appear as a lump or scaly area
Colour: red, pale or pearly/pale
Usually grows slowly
Usually appears on the head, neck or upper torso
Can become ulcerated as it grows
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Grows over a period of weeks or months
May spread if not treated
Occurs mostly to areas that are exposed to the sun
May appear as thickened, red, scaly spots
Most dangerous form of skin cancer
Develops over weeks to months
Usually curable if caught early
If it spreads it can be difficult to cure
Can appear as a new spot or existing spot (freckle or mole that changes colour, size or shape)
Irregular outline and texture and often more than one colour
Number one prevention is by not getting sunburnt