Basal Cell Carcinoma
There are many different types of skin cancer. Many of them are related to sun exposure and the detrimental ultraviolet radiation it emits. Most forms of skin cancer are treatable if caught early.
The most common type of skin cancer is called basal cell carcinoma. 80% are related to constant sun exposure. They are more prevalent on sun exposed areas, such as the face, neck and arms, but can develop anywhere. Lighter skin types are more prone to their development. They rarely spread to other parts of the body, though it has been reported.
Different treatment options are available for skin cancer depending on the type of skin cancer, it’s location, and it’s severity. Physical removal through surgical techniques, such as excision, electrodessication, or Mohs micrographic surgery, are indicated for many lesion. Recent inventions have allowed physicians to offer non-surgical techniques for early cancers, such as topical creams (Imiquimod), and light therapies (photodynamic therapy).