Archive for the ‘Skin’ Category

The skin is the largest organ of the body but is almost always ignored or abused.

The skin plays a number of important functions that can only be maintained with a proper skin care regimen. For one, it is the skin that gives us the sense of touch that sends powerful signals to the brain.

Likewise, it serves as a protective barrier that prevents harmful bacteria to enter the body at any time. Perspiration also brings out excess water or salts away from the body via the skin. At the same time, sweating is the skin’s way of maintaining the body’s normal temperature.

Skin cancers (skin neoplasms) are named after the type of skin cell from which they arise.

Basal cell cancer originates from the lowest layer of the epidermis and is the most common but least dangerous skin cancer.

Squamous cell cancer originates from the middle layer, and is less common but more likely to spread and, if untreated, become fatal.

Melanoma, which originates in the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), is the least common, but most aggressive, most likely to spread and, if untreated, become fatal.

Most cases are caused by over-exposure to UV rays from the sun or sunbeds. Treatment is generally via surgical removal.

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