Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cancer - Hiding in Plain Sight

Cancer that you can see. That's the insidious nature of the most common form of carcinoma in humans.

For many people, a deadly cancer is one that can be detected early, when it is still treatable, simply by stripping, and looking yourself over.

Skin cancer can form under your skin and sometimes only a small bump or lesion is visible, like the tip of an iceberg. But underneath lies big trouble ahead.

Sunburns as a child can cause skin cancers decades later. Children need to be protected early on--- excessive exposure to sunlight is the main cause of skin cancer.

Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) rays that can alter the genetic material in your skin cells, causing dangerous mutations. Beware sunlamps and tanning booths! These rays damage skin and can cause malignant cell mutations.

The two most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Together, these two are also referred to as nonmelanoma skin cancer.

Skin cancer comes in 3 basic forms:

1) basal cell carcinoma, the least bad, which doesn't spread to other parts of your body, but grows to consume its surrounding tissues...

2) squamous cell carcinoma (the first stage of which is called actinic keratosis)...

3) and the most deadly, the one that sends its evil seeds to kill you--- melanoma.

Look at the advice here on MDINFO, and learn to spot the early warning signs.

Check yourself over, regularly, (and use a hand mirror to inspect your skin everywhere, more thoroughly.)

If you do see anything that looks suspicious, consult a dermatologist immediately.

Remember, time is on the side of the growth. 'Wait-and-see' is your worst option. Be proactive and be sure.

Your life depends upon it!

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