Skin cancer is common and occurs when normal cells grow and multiple without the normal cell controls. This uncontrolled growth of skin tumours are known as lesions. The major types of skin cancer include BCC (basal cell carcinoma), SCC (squamous cell carcinoma) and melanoma. Most BCC and SCC will develop in areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun such as the face and back of hands. Melanomas can be more aggressive skin cancer lesions. Early detection and treatment is important.
Skin can change with different factors such as age and even seasons and noticing unusual changes especially with moles should be discussed with a healthcare professional as soon as possible. Moles can change shape, size, become irritated with pain, itchiness or discharge. However it is not only moles to review, any skin sores that do not heal or red/brown patches and symptoms associated with Actinic Keratosis can possibly develop into SCC.
Skin cancer may be treatable and there are many different options depending on the symptoms and/or cause. It is important to be diagnosed correctly and treated accordingly. Please book an appointment to discuss further your skin cancer concerns with COZmedics doctors & medical team