What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer
To associate the suns rays and contracting cancer is a difficult combination to take in. For many years, especially with cheap flights and more leisure time available, people who were trapped in a grey sunless city life, would be grateful of the opportunity to spend a few days exposing their bodies to the sun's rays. Sometimes they would look around and see all this lucky people who live in a sunny climate all year round and ask themselves" Why are they keeping their skin covered, why are they all wearing hats? Don't they want a tan?"
Later they would return to the familiar grey skies
and their family, friends and colleagues to show off their sun tans
and enjoy the few moments of being the envy of all.
Only a few years ago did people become aware of the dangers of skin cancer, and in the last few years the problem has become more acute. This may possibly be as result of holes in the ozone layer allowing much more powerful sun rays as well as ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere to filter through.
Skin cancer is a malignant growth that typically forms
on the epidermis or outer skin layer and is generally caused by repeated
burns to the skin caused by the sun's rays or extended exposure to the
sun over time. In the United States alone, more than one hundred thousand
skin cancer cases are diagnosed annually with the mortality rates reaching
into the thousands. Melanoma skin cancers are the least diagnosed yet
the highest percentages of mortalities come from this form of skin cancer
There is no more experience for parents of young children
that to see they run around naked or almost naked on a beautiful sunny
day on the sea shore. If parents were only partially aware of how much
danger they were exposing their children to, they would be horrified.
The effects of being exposed to the suns rays are much more profound
among young children, although it may not manifest itself for many years
In recent years increased public awareness to the
dangers of skin cancer have caused the public to become more responsible
in exposing themselves and their loved ones to the latent dangers of
over exposure to the suns rays, as well as covering themselves and their
children in sun block to prevent the harmful rays for burning their
skin. People who work outdoors constantly wear basic clothing as protection,
Skin cancer if it arrives comes in three forms:
The symptoms of skin cancer in general are based around
the growth on the skin. Any signs of an unusual skin growth on any part
of the body should be all that is needed to justify an immediate visit
to your family doctor or health clinic. Some other general symptoms
can be sore throats, tiredness and a sudden loss of weight
If the treating doctor has any fear that the growth may
be cancerous, they will order an immediate skin biopsy to be carried
out. This is where some tissue is removed from the suspicious growth
and sent for examination. The examination will attempt to ascertain
if the growth is cancerous or not. If sadly, the growth is found to
be cancerous, the laboratory will provide a diagnosis. This should be
which form of skin cancer is present.
Armed with this information, and dependent on the skin cancer's location and extent, the treating doctor will then decide which of the many treatment options to take. These will include curettage, (surgery to remove tissue or growths by scraping with a curette) radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The treatment chosen is dependent upon the type of skin cancer that is diagnosed.
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