Posted by: Skin and Cancer Institute in Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is not necessarily a byproduct of age. Skin cancer is due to a combination of factors such as exposure to the sun, the environment, lack of health precautions and safety and more. Various types of skin cancer exist and with each one, a different threat level of harm is present.

Basal cell carcinoma, for instance, can be present in the form of a scar, nodule, bump, patch or growth that oozes or is elevated. Due to excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, these tumors can be found in any part of the body. Unlike other tumors, basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads to the rest of the body.

Merkel cell carcinoma is a bit more dangerous because it can affect the lymph nodes and nerves. It appears in flesh or redish nodules on the skin and is most often present on the face, head and neck. To detect it, doctors use a special test called sentinel node biopsy.

Melanoma, in comparison, is a result of a mutation in the pigmentation in the skin which can result from moles or clusters of moles. Various types of melanoma exist, each with their own respective warning signs.

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