Skin cancer rates in the UK are on the rise, and it is currently the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with about 16,200 new cases each year. This is undeniably concerning, but many cases of skin cancer are preventable (according to Cancer Research UK) which is why taking care of our skin is so important.
Skin safety is something that celebrities who've had skin cancer have been vocal about since being diagnosed, urging others to look after their skin and be aware of the signs that might lead to skin cancer. And you may be surprised to hear that some of your favourite celebrities have been diagnosed with the disease, with the list of those who've had skin cancer including Khloé Kardashian and Molly-Mae Hague.
With that in mind, we took a deep dive into all the celebrities who've had skin cancer – or skin cancer scares – as well as how they found out and what treatment they've had. But first, here's what you need to know about the different types of skin cancer.
Skin cancer types
As well as misconceptions when it comes to skin cancer and race (which we've cleared up here), not everyone is clued up about the different types of skin cancer, but knowing these could save your life.
Skin cancer can be categorised as being melanoma (which usually develops from a mole) or non-melanoma. According to the NHS, "melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other areas of the body" and the main cause of melanoma is ultraviolet light, which comes from the sun and is used in sunbeds. It is often possible to prevent melanoma cases, by being careful in the sun for example, and Cancer Research UK notes that 86% of melanoma cases are preventable.
Unlike melanoma skin cancer which develops from moles, non-melanoma refers to a group of cancers that slowly develop in the upper layers of the skin and include two main types – basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma usually appears as a small, shiny pink or pearly-white lump with a translucent or waxy appearance, while squamous cell carcinoma appears as a firm pink lump with a rough or crusted surface.
Similarly to melanoma cases, overexposure to ultraviolet light is the main cause of non-melanoma skin cancer, but there are other risk factors according to the NHS. These include: a previous non-melanoma skin cancer, a family history of skin cancer, pale skin that burns easily, a large number of moles or freckles, taking medicine that suppresses your immune system and a co-existing medical condition that suppresses your immune system.
This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. (Getty Images)