If you (or a loved one) are dealing with skin cancer, this can have a lot of impact. Not only on your health, but also when it comes to understanding the disease and how to cope with it. Today we will take a look at how skin cancer affects the body, so you can understand what is happening when skin cancer occurs in one of the common types.
It depends on the type of skin cancer
How skin cancer affects the body heavily depends on the type of skin cancer that occurs. There are 3 common types: squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma skin cancers rarely have spread elsewhere in the body, most are small and frozen or removed by the dermatologist. Others are resected by a surgeon or radiated. For melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, surgery is the main treatment.
Melanoma can spread through the body
Melanoma skin cancer can travel to any location in your body and create new tumors. This makes this type of skin cancer the most dangerous one. That’s why early detection is so important, especially when it comes to melanoma. When found early, the chances of spreading through the body are low, and it could be sufficient to cut out the melanoma for full recovery. So always make sure to check any spot on your skin, and go and see a doctor when you don’t feel comfortable.
Please note that you should always talk to a doctor about melanoma diagnosis and treatment, written information can never substitute this.