The human skin is by far the largest organ on the body. It is able to do so many amazing things, most of which we take for granted. When a patient learns that they have skin cancer, however, they begin to appreciate every inch of healthy skin on their body. Your skin has multiple layers. The primary layers are the epidermis and the dermis. Skin cancer first starts to affect the epidermis. Your epidermis has three cell types: the squamous cells, basso cells and melanocytes. Each one of these cells plays a vital role in how your skin functions. Skin cancer treatment may be able to help you tackle your skin cells and return your skin cells to a healthy state.
Skin cancer can affect your skin on any part of the body. However, it is more likely for it to develop on areas that are exposed to the sun more often. This is why most people will have skin cancer on their hands or face.
In the same way that you have different types of skin cells, there are also different types of cancers that can affect your skin. These are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. The first two types, the basal cell and the squamous cell, are not melanoma cancers. When a cancer is non-melanoma, it is highly unlikely that it will affect other parts of your body. Melanoma, however, has a tendency to spread to other parts of the body when left untreated.
There are a lot of risk factors for developing skin cancer, but just because you may be at a higher risk of developing skin cancer does not guarantee that you will develop it. The reverse is also true; just because you don’t have certain risk factors does not mean that you will never get it. Either way, you should always seek skin cancer treatment as soon as possible if you have developed the disease.
That being said, you are at a higher risk for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma if you spend a lot of time in the sun or on tanning beds. Individuals with a lighter complexion, skin that burns easily, lighter eyes and lighter hair are at greater risk. If you have a damaged immune system, your risk can also increase.
Skin cancer can often come with several tell-tale signs. One of the first signs that you have skin cancer is a change in the appearance of your skin. You may want to speak with Mr. Salerno if you have sores that won’t heal or scars that bleed or are shiny, crusty or scaly.
If you are diagnosed with skin cancer and it is caught early, the chances of it being fatal or requiring serious intervention are rare. Skin cancer is the most curable type of cancer around. Work closely with Mr. Salerno, and he can present you with a skin cancer treatment plan developed just for you.
We provide skin cancer treatment at REAL Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery. Discuss your symptoms with Mr. Salerno during your consultation, and he can work with you to develop a treatment based on your needs. If you are in the Melbourne area and are looking for comprehensive skin cancer treatment, contact us today and schedule your consultation.