May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed worldwide, with Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma being diagnosed most frequently.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. BCC usually appears as a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch of skin. It often develops in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face and neck. BCC rarely spreads to other parts of the body but can cause local damage if not treated.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. It often appears as a firm, red nodule or a flat lesion with a scaly or crusty surface. SCC can develop on sun-exposed areas as well as on scars or chronic skin sores. While SCC is more likely than BCC to spread to other parts of the body, it is usually curable if detected and treated early.

Melanoma is less common than BCC and SCC but is more likely to spread if not detected early. It often appears as a change in an existing mole or as a new, unusual-looking growth on the skin. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, including areas not exposed to the sun.

Early detection and treatment are crucial for all skin cancers. Whether you have a spot you’re concerned about or need a full body skin exam, call 720-851-5200 today to schedule with one of our providers.