Skin Malignancy is the term for skin cancers which affect more than 100,000 people in the UK every year. The most common form is non melanoma with melanoma being rarer and more serious.
Causes of Skin Malignancy
The cancer normally starts as a lump or discoloured patch of skin but then grows. These tumours are more prevalent on skin that has been exposed to the sun so often occur on the face and they are the most common of all cancers.
They rarely spread beyond the face and can be removed with a simple operation but other treatments such as cryotherapy, which freezes off the growth, or photodynamic therapy, which degrades it with an intense light source, are available.
Melanoma is the most serious skin cancer and it frequently develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new, dark spot on the skin. It is advisable to seek medical help if you have a lump, ulcer, lesion or skin discolouration which does not clear up in a month because early diagnosis and treatment are vital in all skin cancers.
Treatment of Skin Malignancy
A medical examination and biopsy will determine the tumour’s properties and around 75% are basal cell carcinomas and with squamous cell carcinomas the next highest form – both are caused by the abnormal growth of skin cells.
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