Basal Cell & Squamous Cell Carcinoma facts

by Mr Samuel Orkar and Mr Siva Kumar

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These are the most common forms of skin cancer, and are collectively referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers.

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They arise within the top layer of the skin and can appear on any sun-exposed area of the body, but are most frequently found on the face, ears, bald scalp, and neck.

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Basal cell carcinoma frequently appears as a pearly bump, whereas squamous cell carcinoma often looks like a rough, red, scaly area, or an ulcerated bump that bleeds.

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Although non-melanoma skin cancer spreads slowly, if left untreated, it can lead to disfigurement.

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If you spot anything changing, itching, or bleeding on your skin, again contact your GP immediately as when caught early and treated properly, these types of skin cancer are highly curable.

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