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Risk Factors
Types
- Actinic Keratosis
- Basal cell
- Squamous cell
- Melanoma

Prevention
- Sun avoidance
- Sunblock
- Clothing
- UV Radiation

Detection
- Suspicious Findings
- Biopsy

Treatment
- Actinic Keratosis
- Basal cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Melanoma
- Mohs Surgery


 

Skin Cancer
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What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is a condition where abnormal skin cells grow in a disorganized fashion, invade the surrounding tissue and disrupt normal tissue function. 

Skin cancer is highly treatable if detected early.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed today and occurs more often than all other malignancies combined. More than one million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. About 80% of these new skin cancer cases will be basal cell carcinoma (BCC), 16% will be squamous cell carcinoma, and 4% will be melanoma.

The incidence of skin cancer is rising dramatically in the United States. About 1.3 million cases were diagnosed in 2004, and more than 7,600 deaths from melanoma and 2,200 deaths from nonmelanoma skin cancers occurred. In fact, between 40% and 50% of people in the U.S. over age 65 will develop nonmelanoma skin cancer.

This type of cancer is highly treatable when it is diagnosed in its early stages, and it is usually relatively easy to diagnose.

tumor cells
Invasion of tumor cell into normal tissue

The two main groups of skin cancer:

 

Updated: September 15, 2008
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.
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