Skin cancer is the most ubiquitous form of human cancer that affects more than one million Americans every year. About one in five Americans are likely to develop skin cancer at some point during their lives. It is important to get routine checkups by your dermatologist because people that have had skin cancer once are more likely to develop it again. Luckily, most skin cancers are easy to identify and treat when they are caught early. However, the longer you wait, the more dangerous the cancer becomes. There are three main categories of skin cancers that you should know about: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that begins in the basal cells of the skin. This type of skin cancer doesn’t usually spread to other areas of the body because it’s contained in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer and is easily treatable if caught early on. Depending on the extent of the cancer, a patient may need to undergo surgery to eradicate it. Surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma can leave a noticeable scar on the face or other parts of the body. To reduce post-operative scarring, patients are urged to use medical-grade silicone gel.