Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a very common form of cancer, but usually one with a good prognosis. Types include basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and malignant melanoma. Many cases of skin cancer are detected early and successfully treated (usually by minor surgical excision). However, melanoma can often be ...

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Introduction: Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the ...1

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Symptoms of Skin Cancer

Signs of squamous cell and basal cell skin cancer include the following:

  • A sore that does not heal.
  • Areas of the skin that are:
  • Small, raised, smooth, shiny, and waxy.
  • Small, raised, and red or reddish-brown.
  • Flat, rough, red ...
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Complications of Skin Cancer

There are three ways that cancer spreads in the body. Cancer can spread through tissue, the lymph system, and the blood:

  • Tissue. The cancer spreads from where it began by growing into nearby areas.
  • Lymph system. The cancer spreads from ...
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Causes of Skin Cancer

It’s not the sunlight you see that damages your skin. The sun also makes UV or ultraviolet light, which the human eye can’t detect. Some UV rays go deep into the skin and cause damage. If you get ...2

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Causes List for Skin Cancer

Some possible causes of Skin Cancer or similar disorders may include:3

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Types of Skin Cancer

There are three different types of skin cancer—melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It is particularly important to diagnose and treat melanoma early. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, with 55,100 new cases and ...4

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Diagnosis of Skin Cancer

Questions for your doctor If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, here are some questions to ask your doctor:

  • Exactly what kind of cancer do I have?
  • What types of treatment are available?
  • Are there any risks or side effects ...
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Risk Factors for Skin Cancer

“If you’ve had skin cancers in the past, then you’re at a particularly high risk for developing another skin cancer,” Kramer says. “Over the long run, there is a high rate of new lesions developing.” “One of the ...5

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Treatments: Skin Cancer

Treatment of Squamous Cell and Basal Cell Skin Cancer: Treatment of squamous cell and basal cell cancer in children may include the following:

  • Surgery to remove the tumor. This may include Mohs micrographic surgery.

Mohs micrographic surgery is a type ...6

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Prevention of Skin Cancer

The best way to protect skin health and prevent skin cancer is to limit sun exposure. Avoid prolonged time in the sun, and choose to be in the shade rather than in direct sunlight. Wear protective clothing and sunglasses, and ...7

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  1. Source: CDC Cancer: cancer/ skin/ 
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jul2015/ capsule2
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2005/ August2005/ docs/ 01features_01.htm
  5. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jul2014/ feature1
  6. Source: NCI (NIH): types/ childhood-cancers/ patient/ unusual-cancers-childhood-pdq
  7. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jul2014/ feature1

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