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Transcript of Skin Cancer
How to Avoid Melanoma
When it comes to avoiding sunburn and sun damage the form of sunlight were most concerned with are invisible waves of ultra violet light called UVA and UVB. They pass through the earths surface. They can even pass through clouds. Which is why you get sunburn on a cloudy day.
How does this affect our bodies?
By Carolyn, Cierra, Rachel, and Makenzie
Picking a Doctor
Skin cancer also known as
melanoma, affects our bodies by making
small or large bumps on your skin.
Many people don't figure out about
their skin cancer until much later.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer of all. About 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer, will account for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015.
When you find out you have cancer, there are many things to think about and many decisions to make. Most people with cancer are not experts on cancer treatment. You probably don’t feel like you have the time, energy, or resources to figure out how and where to get the best cancer care. You might need some help.
The doctor who found your cancer is the first person you should ask. Try asking this: “If you found out that you or someone you loved had this cancer, which doctor would you go to for treatment?” In many cases, the doctor will suggest another doctor even if you don’t ask.
If your doctor isn’t sure of your diagnosis, but thinks there’s a chance you might have cancer, you can ask: “If you were in my place, which doctor would you see first?” Ask for at least 2 or 3 names, and find out what these doctors’ specialties are. Find out which cancer centers they work with.
You need to put a lot of sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh rays. You need at least 50 SPF. If you get skin cancer contact a Doctor immediately.