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Skin Cancers

— Melanoma and Basal Cell Carcinoma

Skin cancer is the 6th most common form of cancer in the Singapore. The two most common types
are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. They usually form on the head, face, neck, hands
and arms. Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more dangerous but less common. Anyone can
get skin cancer, but it is more common in people who:

Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned
Have light-colored skin, hair and eyes
Have a family member with skin cancer
Are over age 50

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is also known as BCC, rodent ulcer and basalioma. Basal cell
carcinoma is the most common type of cancer in humans. Luckily, this form of skin cancer is very rarely
a threat to life.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is another common type of skin cancer. It is derived from
squamous cells, the flat cells that make up the outside layers of the skin, the epidermis. Invasive SCC
refers to cancer cells that have grown into the deeper layers of the skin, the dermis. Invasive SCC can
rarely metastasize (spread to distant tissues) and may prove fatal.

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the
size, shape, color or feel of a mole. Most melanomas have a black or black-blue area. Melanoma may
also appear as a new mole. It may be black, abnormal or "ugly looking."

The majority of skin cancer can be prevented by careful sun protection from an early age, and detected
early by regular self skin examination.

Current treatments for primary skin cancer include:

Excision surgery
Curettage and diathermy/cautery
Fluorouracil cream
Imiquimod cream
Photodynamic therapy

Common Adult Conditions

Acne Vulgaris
Eczema/ Dermatitis
Skin Cancers
Adult Hair Loss
Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation
Viral Warts

Dr Lynn Chiam, a dermatologist, of Children and Adult Skin Clinic in Singapore is an expert in treating all skin problems on all ages. Visit her Skin and Hair Laser Clinic in Singapore. Get your solution today!








Commom Adult Conditions

Acne Vulgaris
Eczema/ Dermatitis
Skin Cancers
Adult Hair Loss
Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation
Viral Warts

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