Types of Skin Cancer
By John Grimes
Can skin cancer be avoided? While scientists still have
miles to go before they can determine whether or not
skin cancers can be completely deterred, at least one
type is associated with definite risk factors.
The three main types of skin cancer are: basal cell
carcinoma; squamous cell carcinoma; and malignant
melanoma. All three are detrimental to one's health,
though two out of the three can be cured if caught early
enough. This sort of skin cancer is responsible for 90
percent of all skin cancers within the United States.
Basal cell carcinoma hardly ever seeps into other parts
of the body, though it can reach the bone if it is not
eradicated right away. Those at risk for this type of
cancer are usually Caucasian, fair skinned, light eyed,
and have light hair. It is also believed that this type
of cancer occurs when parts of the body are exposed to a
large amount of sunlight.
Squamous cell carcinoma affects 200,000 people every
year. As with basal cell carcinoma, this type of skin
cancer can be cured if it is detected early enough.
Squamous cell carcinoma usually affects the ears, face,
lips, and mouth, which is one of the main reasons why it
is easily measurable. Though scientists do not know why
this type of cancer occurs, it is usually found in
Caucasians with light skin, light eyes and light hair.
Sun damage is thought to be one of the major causes of
this cancer, though this has yet to be proven
The last type of skin cancer happens to be the most
dangerous kind. Melanoma is a rare type of cancer, yet
it also happens to be the deadliest. Those that are at
risk for melanoma include: persons with blond or red
hair; persons with blue eyes and a fair complexion;
those with a family history of melanoma; and those that
spend a significant amount of time in the sun without
proper sunblock. While melanoma usually strikes those
with a fair complexion, it will also strike those that
spend time in the sun -- whether or not they happen to
have fair skin.
The only known way to prevent melanoma from occurring is
to make sure to wear sunblock every day. Not only should
you wear sunblock during those summer months, but it is
also important to wear sunblock during the winter months
as well. Rather than wait to see whether or not you
become ill, do yourself a favor and put on that sunblock
no matter what the weather report says - it could save