Dealing With Skin Cancer – Your Course of Actions

Melanoma - Skin Cancer

by juliejordanscott under CC BY


American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has stated that, after much research, that skin cancer (melanoma) is the most common type of cancer that can cause deaths of young women around 24- 29 years old. Although the previous thought of this cancer was that it only occurs to older people but now as time has passed this perception has changed.

As time advances, more and more young people having this disease are losing their lives but skin cancer is treatable and there are chances that the person can be cured and live a normal life.

This disease, let it be of any kind becomes curable when it is detected at an early stage therefore a person should always look well for his or her health. If you feel unsure about some health related changes, then you should go for a biopsy and see a physician, especially in the case of this disease when the skin changes gradually.

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This disease comes in two stages; the first stage when the cancer is benign and stays only on the skin and in the later stages it can turn in to malignant where it starts to spread on other parts of the body and move to organs.

A small test called biopsy can detect what stage the cancer is in and treatment can be started. It is advised to people who stay long in sun that they should use a sunscreen lotion and protection whenever they are out and exposed to sun.

There are cells in skin known as melanocytes and they are responsible for producing melanin, which is a dark pigment and protects the skin especially when it is exposed to direct sun. Melanin also protects the skin by making it tan and skin that is darker has more melanocytes.

This disease has been said to have spread in a horizontal growth stage and starts form the top of the skin. In the later stages, the cancer starts to spread and moves to the blood stream and lymph nodes. As the time advances and there is no treatment the cancer can spread to other parts.

The course of action that a person should take in order to prevent from skin cancer is to get regular check-ups if there is family history of this disease. Changes in moles, birth marks and blemishes should also be spotted and detected.