The term 'non-melanoma' distinguishes these more common kinds of skin cancer from the less common skin cancer known as melanoma, which spreads faster in the body. The first sign of non-melanoma skin cancer is usually the appearance of a lump or patch on the skin that doesn't heal after a few weeks. Nonmelanoma skin cancer includes:
• Basal cell carcinoma
• Squamous cell carcinoma
• Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma
• Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
• Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
• Merkel cell carcinoma
• Sebaceous gland carcinoma
• Cancer that spreads from other areas of the body to the skin, such as breast cancer and mouth cancer
HOW IS NONMELANOMA SKIN CANCER DIAGNOSED?
An Oncologist/Homeopath diagnoses Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer by conducting a biopsy of the tissue to determine the stage of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.
HOW IS NONMELANOMA SKIN CANCER TREATED?
Treatment of the cancer depends on the size and the location of the tumour. Medications are rarely used. A surgical removal of the cancerous tumour is considered to be the most viable treatment option.
DID YOU KNOW?
On a preventive health note, it has been estimated that regular application of sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater for the first 18 years of life would reduce the lifetime incidence of nonmelanoma skin cancers by 78%.