Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous of the three, but is less common. Skin cancer often forms on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but those who are most susceptible are those who

  • Have light-colored skin, hair and eyes
  • Have a family history with skin cancer
  • Are over age 50
  • Have been sunburned or spend a lot of time in the sun

Fortunately, skin cancer can be treated successfully, especially if found early. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT) (uses a drug and laser light to kill cancer cells), and biologic therapy (boosts your body’s own ability to fight cancer).

If you have any suspicious skin markings, moles or bumps, have your doctor check it out. If skin cancer is left untreated, it can spread to other tissues and organs, especially if it is an aggressive form of skin cancer.