Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells, typically caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds. There are different types, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

🚨 High risk: Yes, skin cancer can be dangerous, especially if left untreated. Melanoma, in particular, can spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening.

💊 Treatment: Treatment and diagnosis should be pursued promptly upon noticing any suspicious changes in your skin, such as new moles, changes in existing moles, or non-healing sores. It’s best to see a dermatologist for evaluation and management. Urgency depends on the specific symptoms and any risk factors you may have.

💡 Skin Self-Exams tips: Follow the ABCDE rule for self-examination: asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, diameter (greater than 6mm), and evolving characteristics. Perform these checks monthly, especially if you have a history of skin cancer or risk factors such as fair skin or a family history of the disease. If you notice any concerning changes, seek medical attention promptly.

Basal cell carcinoma (ICD-10: C44)
Lentigo Melanoma (ICD-10: С43)
Melanoma (ICD-10: С43)
Squamous cell carcinoma (ICD-10: C44)