skin cancers

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Skin cancer is the growth of abnormal skin cells. Skin cancer is most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from either natural sunshine or tanning beds. These rays lead skin cells to multiply and form malignant tumors. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is also the easiest to cure if treated early.

Skin cancer typically develops on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun such as the face, lips, scalp, neck, arms, chest, ears and hands. It can also form on your palms, under your fingernails and your genital area. Each different type of skin cancer has its own symptoms and signs to look out for.

Melanoma

• Large brownish spot with darker speckles
• Small lesion with irregular border and portions that are red, white, blue or black
• A mole that changes color, size or bleeds

Basal Cell Carcinoma

• Pearly white or waxy bump
• Flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

• A frim-red nodule
• A flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface

There are other types of less common types of skin cancers as well. If you feel as though these symptoms fit or you are worried about any discoloration or lesion of the skin, you should contact Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Visit our blog page for more information!

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