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Skin is the largest organ in the human body and is the most exposed organ as well. Skin cancer occurs when skin cells grow abnormally due to damage or mutation. It is mostly caused when exposed to the harmful UV rays of the sun. However, it can also occur in the part of the skin not exposed to the sun. Based on cell types, skin cancer is categorized into three types:
In the early stages, skin cancer may not cause any symptom. While skin cancers are visible, they can also be mistaken for other skin conditions. Therefore, one should pay close attention to the following signs:
If anyone witnesses any abnormal growth or spot on the skin, they must consult with a dermatologist immediately.
Sun exposure causes most skin cancers. The UV rays damage the skin cells, which causes them to grow and form lesions. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause sunburn ad blistering in the skin, which can turn cancerous over time.
While anyone can develop skin cancer, few factors can increase the risk of cancer development. These factors include:
Skin cancer can be easily diagnosed and only require a physical exam in most cases. Our dermatologists will perform a physical exam to check for suspicious spot or lesion on the skin. If they find any suspicious lesion, they will take a tissue sample for a biopsy and test it for cancerous cells.
Based on cancer’s location, size and type, our doctors will recommend the most viable treatment option for skin cancer. These can include: