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Skin Cancer

Health Inspectorate WalesThere are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma (the non-melanoma skin cancers), and melanoma.

If you have concerns about skin cancer, then do not delay in seeking specialist help from your doctor or dermatologist. Immediate appointments are available at The Clear Skin Dermatology Treatment Clinic in Cardiff to ensure your peace of mind.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (‘BCC’) is the most common form of skin cancer and accounts for more than 90% of all skin cancer. Basal Cell Carcinomas are a type of skin cancer that generally take a form of either a single bump or a series of small flat bumps.  Basal  Cell carcinomas (‘BCCs’) do not spread to other parts of the body; nevertheless early treatment of BCCs is important to achieve cure and a good cosmetic result.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (or ‘SCC’) is one of the three main types of skin cancer. It is much less common than basal cell carcinomas (‘BCCs’), but more common than malignant melanoma. SCCs typically occur on sun-exposed skin such as the face, the bald scalp or ears. Other sited commonly affected include the backs of the hands and the lower legs (in females). SCCs are typically not pigmented. The typical appearance of an SCC is a small raised lesion measuring 2-3 cm in diameter with a central crust or scab. Early treatment is important as SCC can spread if neglected. Treatment is usually by surgical excision.

How to lower the risk of skin cancer. Avoiding sun exposure lowers the risk for all types of skin cancer. Regular checking of your skin both by self-examination and regular examination by a doctor, is an excellent course of action for people at high risk. Anyone who has experienced any type of skin cancer should have regular medical checkups by a dermatologist.Skin Cancer Breakthrough – new drug licensed.

For an excellent summary of Skin Cancer , its causes and treatments visit the BBC Health Pages