Skin Cancer


Basal Cell Carcinoma

basalBasal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, affecting approximately 1,000,000 Americans yearly. It’s also the most common type of cancer worldwide. Because it is typically the result of chronic ultraviolet light exposure, most basal cell carcinomas arise on sun-exposed skin, particularly in people with fair complexions and light eyes.
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Actinic Keratosis

keratosisAn actinic keratosis is a collection of damaged cells (called keratinocytes) which reside within the top layer of skin (epidermis). Usually caused by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, actinic keratoses are often used as an indicator of chronic sun damage. Because a small proportion of these lesions may transform into a skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratoses are frequently referred to as “precancers.”
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Malignant Melanoma

melanomaMelanoma is a common form of skin cancer and is the most malignant tumor of the skin. It occurs when pigment-forming cells in the skin (called melanocytes) turn cancerous. These abnormal melanocytes may occur within an existing mole or arise spontaneously in normal skin. Individuals at highest risk to develop melanoma typically have a history of blistering sunburns and intermittent burning exposures to ultraviolet light.
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

squamousSquamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer, affecting approximately 700,000 Americans each year. It most commonly arises on sun-exposed skin and lips, where cumulative damage from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation is greatest. Individuals at highest risk to develop squamous cell carcinoma typically have a history of frequent sun or tanning bed exposure, previous pre-cancerous lesions, fair hair, light eyes, diminished immune systems or family history of skin cancer.
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