Approximately 1 out of 50 Filipinos will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. Fortunately, it can be easily dealt with if detected at an early stage.
Who Are At Risk?
Although skin cancer does not distinguish between age and race, the following factors can increase a person’s likelihood of being diagnosed with it:
Fair complexion, as the absence of the skin pigment melanin means less protection from UV radiation
History of sunburns, whether in childhood or adulthood
Exposure to radiation, whether from the sun (especially without sunblock), from treatments of previous skin conditions such as eczema, or from a tanning lamp or bed
History of skin cancer, whether familial or personal
A weakened immune system
What Are the Types?
There are several kinds of skin cancer. It is possible for an individual to develop more than one variety in their lifetime.
Melanoma, which can develop from previously benign moles or healthy skin
Basal cell carcinoma, which initially appears as a waxy bump or a flat lesion that is flesh- or brown-colored
Squamous cell carcinoma, which usually occurs on body parts exposed to the sun, such as the hands and face
Kaposi sarcoma, which develops in the blood vessels and affects people with compromised immune systems
Merkel cell carcinoma, seen as firm bumps on or beneath the skin, as well as in hair follicle
Sebaceous gland carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer that starts from oil glands
What You Can Do
Preventive precautions include staying out of the sunlight from 10am to 4pm, wearing sunscreen and protective clothing, and avoiding tanning beds. Report any suspicious changes in your skin to a doctor. At Skin MD, our experts will gladly help alleviate your concerns, performing mole checks or a skin biopsy as needed in line with medical dermatology.
Consult with us and find out how our dermatologists can help you maintain healthy skin and peace of mind, allowing you to live your life to the fullest.
Protect Your Skin
With the help of our experts at Skin MD, you can manage the ill effects of the sun’s harmful UV rays on your skin and overall wellness. Together, we can boost your protection against skin cancer.