Skin Cancer Screening
One of the most common types of cancer in humans is skin cancer. A million or more cases are reported every year, and the rates seem to be increasing. Some studies project that nearly 50% of all Americans who live to be 65 years or older will have developed at least one case of skin cancer.
There are three primary types of skin cancer. The least dangerous type, Basal Cell Carcinoma, often appears as a small dome-shaped pearly bump. It may look like a flesh-colored mole and can have superficial blood vessels on its surface. Basal Cell Carcinoma can also look like a patch of dry skin or a red, scaly patch that slowly increases in size over time. Squamous cell carcinoma usually looks like a red or skin-colored nodule and may be tender. The most dangerous is melanoma, but it is not as common as squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma. Melanoma develops in the pigment cells and may show up as a spot on the skin or a mole that changes.
Q. What does skin cancer look like?
A. The skin cancer that occurs most commonly is the basal cell carcinoma. These may appear as small non-healing sores or bumps on the skin. They should be diagnosed and treated early as their continued growth makes treatment more difficult. If you have any questions about a possible skin cancer, be sure and consult a board-certified dermatologist.