Believe it or not, Skin Cancer is on the rise all over the world. It has varying appearances in the differently coloured races across the world.
Those with fair coloured skin are the most susceptible to this malady. They have to protect themselves from undue excess sun exposure that will make their moles change colour and turn cancerous. It is found that the war veterans from the world wars are now presenting with skin cancers of various types after so many years.
Tanning parlours are proving to be a curse for the fair skinned youngsters as it is leading to an increase in skin cancers. Worldwide there have been an outcry to ban the tanning parlours.
The darker skinned races are fortunate that they can take in a lot of sun before it can cause any form of skin cancer. However, the type of melanoma that is common in them is the Acral Lentiginous type which presents as a dark mole on hands and feet and under nail beds.
Skin Cancer can be of two types: Melanoma & Non Melanoma (Basal Cell carcinoma & Squamous Cell Carcinoma). These types of cancers behave differently and hence their management varies as per the diagnosis. In most cases, the skin cancer has to be surgically removed and an extensive followup with the dermatologist is advised to look for recurrence. In some cases, where surgery is not feasible, Radiotherapy can be tried as an alternative.