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Early skin cancer detection

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Early skin cancer detection

It is estimated that 1 in 5 individuals will develop skin cancer in their life. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer, as well as being the most prevalent form of cancer. BCCs first begin in the lower layer of the epidermis (in the basal cells). BCCs rarely spread internally, but they can destroy skin tissue if not caught early, which can lead to damage and disfigurement of the eye, ear, or nose if the lesion grows nearby. When you're doing a self-exam for skin cancer, look for the following: new growths or sores that won't heal; small lumps that are smooth, shiny and waxy, or red/reddish brown; and flat red spots that are rough or scaly. Cancerous skin lesions appear primarily on sun-exposed areas, but they can appear on areas that are not normally subjected to sunlight. Any new growths or skin changes that are black or dark brown should be looked upon with suspicion. If you notice anything unusual, get checked by your doctor. If caught early, BCCs are nearly 100% curable. Be proactive and cut your risk with the routine use of sunscreen and wearing protective clothing, hats and eyewear.

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