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What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun's rays. Skin cancer develops in people of all colors and races. People with fair skin and sensitive to sunburn easily pose a higher risk.


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What are the kinds of Tumors?

Actinic keratoses

  • These dry, scaly patches are precancerous growths.
  • People who get actinic keratosis usually have fair skin.
  • Most people see their first actinic keratosis after 40 years because it tends to develop after years of exposure to the sun.
  • Actinic keratoses usually form on skin exposed to the sun, such as the head, neck, hands and forearms.
  • Since actinic keratosis can progress to a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (EC), treatment is important.
     

Basal cell carcinoma of the skin (CBC)

  • CBCs often develop in people with fair skin, but they can occur in people with darker skin. Basal cell carcinomas look like a flesh-colored, pearly lump or a piece of pinkish skin.
  • CBCs develop after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning.
  • CBC is common on the head, neck and arms, but can occur anywhere on the body, including the chest, abdomen and legs. Early diagnosis and treatment of CBC is important. CBC can invade surrounding tissue and develop in nerves and bones, causing damage and disfigurement.

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CEC)

  • CEC is the second most common type of skin cancer.
  • People with fair skin are more likely to develop CEC, but they can develop in people with dark skin.
  • Skin squamous cell carcinoma often looks like a firm, red bump, scaly skin, or a sore that heals and then reopens.
  • CEC tends to form on skin that is frequently exposed to the sun, such as around the ear, face, neck, arms, chest and back. Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin can develop deep into the skin and cause damage and disfigurement. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent this problem and prevent the spread of EQF to other parts of the body.
     

Treatment in Turkey and Istanbul

The operation is the fundamental remedy for skin cancer. It involves removing the cancerous tumor and part of the surrounding skin.

Other treatments for skin cancer include freezing (cryotherapy), cancer creams, radiation therapy, and a form of light treatment called photodynamic therapy (PDT).

The treatment used will depend on the type, size and location of the skin cancer you have.

Treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer is generally effective because, unlike most other types of cancer, the risk of spreading the cancer to other parts of the body is greatly reduced.

Basal cell carcinoma usually does not spread to other parts of the body. There is a low risk (up to 5%) of squamous cell carcinoma spreading to other parts of the body, usually the lymph nodes (small glands found throughout the body).

However, for both CBC and CEC, considerable skin damage can sometimes be caused if the tumor is left untreated.

At least 9 out of 10 (90%) cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are successfully cured.

Affordable prices for your treatment in Turkey and Istanbul

Have you had free skin cancer screening and been told that you have a blemish on your skin that could be skin cancer?

Turquie santé strives to offer you the best prices and the best quality of service in Turkey and Istanbul. Costs include treatment of skin cancer from diagnosis, treatment to follow-up to the use of health care resources such as hospital, medical and paramedical services

Frequently asked questions
  • Protect your skin from the sun by wearing hats and applying sunscreens with a sun protection factor of at least 30;
  • Avoid tanning salons;
  • Eat enough foods rich in vitamin D;
  • Check for any changes in your skin (moles, a wart, a skin lesion that would not heal).

The signs that show you may have skin cancer are:

  • Encrusted lesion which bleeds, does not heal or recurs after healing;
  • Flat, pale or yellow area resembling a scar;
  • Red or pink, scaly patches with irregular, raised edges;
  • Small smooth and shiny patches, white, pink or red;
  • A mass with small veins on the surface;
  • Irritated and itchy areas;
  • A wart-like skin growth.
  • Exposure to ultraviolet rays (tanning, PUVA treatment);
  • Pallor (weak secretion of melanin);
  • Exposure to ionizing radiation (α, β, X or γ);
  • Contact with Arsenic;
  • Working with certain products (bedded clay, tar, charcoal, creosote, etc.)
  • Xeroderma pigmentosum disease: a disease that causes sensitivity to extreme rays to ultraviolet rays;
  • Gorlin Syndrome (Basal Cell Nævomatosis): a very rare genetic disease characterized by a predisposition to develop several cancers.
  • Immunosuppressive diseases.

The main treatment for skin cancer is surgery. There is also targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

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