Next up is a clean protein oatmeal recipe to keep you fueled all morning. Before you get there take a look at some information about squamous cell carcinoma to round out our recent discussions on a few types of skin cancer.
Ok let’s wrap up some of the skin cancers with this post. The last major one that I want to discuss with you at this time is cutaneous (skin) squamous cell carcinoma. It, like the others, is largely based on sun exposure. In this post, like the ones on melanoma and basal cell carcinoma respectively, I want to give you some of the more recognizable features.
Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin can have a precursor called actinic keratosis.
This is a skin lesion that develops when your skin is damaged by the UV rays. These spots are usually red, crusty/scaly patches found in sun exposed areas.
They have the potential to transform into squamous cell carcinoma. They are often treated topically and can be prevented by avoiding UV rays, and using sunscreen appropriately. Now I’m not telling you to hide inside, though! I want people be outside enjoying nature whenever possible. I just want you to do it with proper attire and sunblock!
Not all squamous cell carcinomas of the skin come from these actinic keratoses. Also, squamous cell carcinomas can vary in their appearance. They are generally red/pink, and can be scaly or look like a sore and can be all different sizes. Take note if you have any areas like this. Also be aware of an area/spot that just won’t heal (particularly if it develops around/in an old scar or wound). If so, then I would be concerned with that spot and get it examined.
When on the face, although not a steadfast rule as I mentioned in the other post on basal cell carcinoma, they generally like outside of the diamond that I talked about. So think more lower lip, forehead, outer cheeks etc which is opposite basal cell carcinoma. They can be found anywhere though on the face.
There are various methods used to treat these lesions, but the most important thing, like I’ve mentioned before is to become familiar with your body and recognize when things look different. If something just doesn’t look right, or has any of the features that I have mentioned in any of these posts, I highly recommend you get them looked at by your PCP, or dermatologist. It’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s also important to remember to wear sunblock that covers both UVA and UVB wavelengths. Finally, please, please please don’t use a tanning bed.
Now that I’ve perhaps grossed you out with some pictures, maybe you’d still be willing to test out one of my recipes! Also, there is still time to enter my giveaway for a bunch of free core hydration waters! Check out the post (with one of my guilt free cheesecake recipes included too!) here
Had you known about all of these different types of skin cancers?
Have you started familiarizing yourself with your body?
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