Early recognition of skin cancer symptoms is crucial for successful treatment and recovery.
Skin cancer is the most common of all malignancies. More than 700,000 cases are diagnosed annually in the United States alone.
Additionally, they are the most frequent site of metastasis for cancers from other sites.
Cancer spreads from it's primary location to other parts of the body by releasing cells into the lymph or bloodstream.
The site of origin is the primary cancer and the latter location is called a secondary cancer.
Secondary cancers are often observed before the primary cancer in which case the cancer is more difficult to treat.
The migration process is commonly called metastasis.
Although they are the most common types of cancer, skin cancers are also the most curable, but skin cancer symptoms must be recognized early.
Skin cancer symptoms
Skin cancer symptoms are especially characterized by change. Change in size, color, shape, sensation and consistency (softening or hardening) of a wart or mole.
Skin cancer symptoms include:
Persistent skin lesions that grows larger over time
A mole or wart that suddenly grows or changes appearance
Itchiness, scaling, oozing, bleeding from a mole or lesion, and changes in sensation.
What is skin cancer?
According to Mosby's Medical Encyclopedia: (This you can )
Most are nonmelanomas, but more than 32,000 are melanomas, and the incidence of melanoma is increasing by 4% a year.
Skin cancer , a cancer of the skin caused by contact with various chemical substances or by too much exposure to the sun or other sources of ultraviolet light.
Skin cancers, the most common and most curable cancers, are also the most frequent secondary lesions in patients with cancer in other sites.
Tumors of the sebaceous glands or sweat glands occur rarely.
Basal cell carcinomas-typically raised, hard, reddish sores with a pearly surface-do not spread to other places in contrast to scaly, slightly raised squamous cell tumors that may become growths with widespread open sores and a nonhealing scab.
Skin cancers can be divided into two groups: melanomas and nonmelanomas.
Three distinct types of nevi (moles) give rise to melanomas: common acquired, dysplastic, and congenital melanocytic; they produce four types of melanoma: superficial spreading (70%), nodular (15%), lentigomaligna (less than 10%), and acrolentiginous (less than 5%).
Nonmelanomas are typically either basal cell or squamous cell in origin.
Risks factors: What are the causes of skin cancer. How do you get it?
Risk factors include:
Genetic factors: Family history; also people with light hair and fair skin, light eye color, and a tendency to sunburn easily are more suceptible to skin cancer.
Environmental factors: Ultraviolet radiation and excessive sun exposure. The vast majority of skin cancers including melanoma are caused by the sun's UV rays.
Occupational factors: Long-term x-ray exposure; also, occupational exposure to radium, arsenic, coal tar, and creosote.
People with large and unusual moles.
Age: Skin cancer risks increases with age.
Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, but there must be early recognition of skin cancer symptoms . If left unchecked, this disease is deadly.
What does the disease do?
According to Mosby's Medical Encyclopedia:(This you can )
Basal cell carcinomas vary considerably in appearance but usually begin as a small, shiny, flesh-colored nodule on the skin.
The carcinoma enlarges slowly and develops a pearly border with telangiectases on the surface. It often bleeds, crusts, and then rebleeds in a chronic cycle.
It rarely metastasizes but does invade adjacent tissue structures. Squamous cell carcinomas are usually scaly and crusty or nodular, warty, and raised and often develop in keratotic tissue or old scars.
They eventually ulcerate and invade the underlying tissue. They rarely metastasize, but when they do, the lungs are the most common site.
Malignant melanomas arise from a mole that begins to show changes in size, color, shape, and consistency. They begin by growing on the epidermis and then invade the dermis and subcutaneous tissues.
Once this occurs, the tumor metastasizes fairly rapidly through the vascular and lymphatic systems. Common metastatic sites include the bones, brain, liver, and lungs.
Despite the curability of skin cancer, it causes many deaths because people fail to observe skin cancer symptoms and to obtain treatment.
Traditional treatment for skin cancer
Surgery may be the only treatment needed for small lesions. Surgery plus radiation is usually used if the lesion is large, if bone or cartilage is invaded, or if lymph nodes are involved.
Common complications include scarring and disfigurement at the site of tumor removal.
Chemotherapy used in combination with surgery to treat melanomas.
Radiation may be used instead of surgery in elderly patients or to treat nonmelanomatous lesions of the nose, eyelids, or lips (melanomas are radio resistant); Used in combination with surgery as explained above.
Prevention and recommendation
Education is advisable about early recognition of skin cancer symptoms and preventive steps that can be taken in the fight against skin cancer.
Lesions caused by sunlight or x-rays may be prevented by applying a sun screen containing paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA).
Besides using sun screens, avoid excessive exposure to the sun and wear protective clothing when in the sun.
Develop the habit of examining your skin regularly, looking for changes in existing moles and for new moles or warts.
Report any changes in your skin to your doctor.
It is by far the preferred option to do everything within ones control to adopt a healthy lifestyle because although early detection of skin cancer symptoms is important, prevention is one's best defense against this disease.
In the table below are special recommendations.
Nutrient / Supplement
Very important for rebuilding and repair of body cells, critical for cancer patients.
Generally, a carotenoid mixture combined with a complete multi-vitamin with good mineral content will produce good results.
Chemotherapy patients using combinations of everything listed on this table will improve their recovery rate, grow back hair sooner, and feel better.
Extremely important for reducing cancerous tumors.
Helps strengthen the body's immune system, which is weakened by cancer.
Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil.
Contains Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, and Zinc which all are helpful in both the treatment and prevention of cancer.
Garlic has been shown to inhibit the formation of free radicals, a benefit for those with cancer.
Garlic also helps boost the immune system.
Reishi mushroom serves to boost the immune system weakened by cancer and is also anti-tumor.
Bioflavonoids are anti-cancer agents that promote the production of natural interferon in the body
Protects against damage from free radicals and toxins associated with cancer.
Serves as foundation for tissue and organ repair.
Grape Seed Extract
The fight against cancer not only entails the early recognition of cancer symptoms, it also requires food and lifestyle changes.
IT IS IMPORTANT, NOT JUST TO RECOGNIZE LUNG CANCER SYMPTOMS, BUT FOR OVERALL HEALTH, TO MAKE AS MANY OF THE FOLLOWING CHANGES AS POSSIBLE
Find a good nutritional supplement program and stick to it. The Journal of the American Medical Association recommends that every adult take a daily multi-vitamin supplement to support their diet and help to prevent disease.
drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
use a colon cleanser 4 times a year (every quarter). In fact, it is a good idea that before you start any suppliment program, you first cleanse, thereafter you nourish and protect.
make your own juice with a juice machine
more important than calories is eating the right foods
avoid snacking between meals unless it's carrot and celery sticks
do not drink soda pop, other junk food drinks
if you drink coffee or alcohol, do so only in moderation
avoid processed foods, white sugar, white flour
brown rice is good
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products, cheese, milk, and others
get enough sleep. It is believed that the body’s healing hormones are most active between 10.00 PM and 2.00 AM at nights.
light to moderate exercise
avoid artificial sweeteners
avoid smoking -both first and second hand smoke
never skip meals - this can slow down your metabolism
eat a balance and varied diet
don't deprive yourself of foods you love, just eat them in smaller portions and less frequently.
watch less TV: read more, especially inspirational books, e.g."The Game Of Life" by Florence Scovel Shinn. (This you can )
Red wine has Resveratrol, an antioxidant. These work to protect your body against the effects of aging. One or 2 glasses of red wine a day can help keep your body young.
Smiling does wonders to your attitude, endears you to people and counteracts the effects of stress. Smiling can actually improve your mood.
Fast and Pray ..you will find surprising improvement in all aspects of life and healing
Early recognition of cancer symptoms and prevention cannot be overstated.
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