Tips on detecting warning signs of skin cancer – ABCDE system

Posted By on May 22, 2018

Just a few self-observations can be helpful between doctor visits when keeping an eye on your skin when it comes to early diagnosing basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. ABCDEofMelanomaDetection

Experts explain how to detect the warning signs of skin cancer

Skin cancer, defined by the fact that it starts on the skin, is more common in the United States than all other human cancers combined.

Initially, skin cancer is not symptomatic, meaning spots on the skin won’t necessarily itch or hurt, according to Dr. Aleksandar Sekulic, the associate director for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine in Arizona.

There are many different types of skin cancer, but the three of the most common include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer with an estimated 2 to 4 million cases in the United States each year. According to Sekulic, basal cell carcinoma are the easiest cases of skin cancer to treat by surgical removal.

The second most common type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, which occurs in approximately 1 million people in the U.S. per year.

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