Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It predominantly develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, however, individuals with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
This is the most common type of skin cancer.
• BCCs look like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch
• BCCs develop after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor
• BCCs are common on the head, neck, and arms, yet can form
anywhere on the body, including the chest, abdomen, and legs.
• BCC can invade the surrounding tissue and grow into the nerves and
bones, causing disfigurement.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer.
• SCC often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that
heals and then re-opens.
• SCC forms on skin where there is most sun exposure, such as the rim
of the ear, face, neck, arms, chest, and back. SCC can grow deep in
the skin and cause disfigurement.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
• Melanoma frequently develops from a mole or suddenly appears as
a new dark spot on the skin.
• Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
• Knowing the ABCDE warning signs of melanoma can help you find an