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Skin Cancer

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Maya Vallevona

on 18 April 2016

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Transcript of Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer
Statistics about Skin Cancer
What to Look For
Skin growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored

A mole, birthmark, or brown spot that:
changes color
increases in size or thickness
changes texture
has irregular outline
is bigger than 1/4"
appears after age 21

A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, crust, scab, erode, or bleed

An open sore that does not heal within 3 weeks
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Today I will be talking about skin cancer and its' prevention. We will cover the types of skin cancer and ways to protect yourself. The one thing I want you to take away from this is that it's important to protect yourself from the sun. I
Skin Cancer Check Up
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell is the second most common skin cancer.
Can be superficial, keratoacanthomas, or invasive.
Forms on ear, face, neck, arms, chest, and back.
Looks like a firm red bump, a re-opening sore, or scaly patch on the skin.
Melanoma is the least common skin cancer.
It can be very deadly.
It is the most likely to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body and cause death.
Arises from melanocytes which are cells that give us pigment, they make us tan and have more melanin.
Look for a black or brown mole like thing or a bump on the skin.
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells. This is usually caused by UV rays from the sun or tanning beds.

It can come in three main forms:
Basal cell
Squamous cell

The best ways you can protect against skin cancer is by covering up with clothing or wearing sunscreen.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell is the most common type of skin cancer.
It can be superficial, nodule, or invasive.
Usually develops in people with fair skin.
Develop after years of sun exposure or indoor tanning.
Common on head, neck, and arms but can be anywhere.
Looks like a pearl shaped flesh-colored bump, or pinkish spot on skin
Of all the cancers, skin cancer is the most common in the US

1 in 5 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer in a lifetime

About 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in 2 million people each year

A 2005 study revealed that basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are increasing in men and women under 40. They also found that basal cell carcinoma increased faster in young women than in young men

About nine thousand people die from melanoma each year
Prevention of Skin Cancer
Check this out!
If you notice anything abnormal in your skin, see a dermatologist.

seek shade
avoid peak hours of sun
wear clothes that cover you
wear sunglasses
avoid using tanning beds
ALWAYS wear sunscreen

Remember: there is no
such thing as a healthy tan.

In conclusion, you need to take care of your skin. You may not notice that your skin is changing, but it's important to protect your skin at an early age.
Use sunscreen and clothing
Look for changes in your skin
If concerned, see a dermatologist

Don't absorb into skin

Act as mirror by reflecting UV rays

Don't degrade when exposed to UV rays

Effective immediately
Absorb into skin, and bloodstream

Absorb UV rays, dissipate energy as less harmful rays

Some ingredients degrade when exposed to UV rays

Effective after 20 minutes
Environmental Impact
Sunscreen may be what is protecting you, but it does have a negative impact if you buy chemical sunscreen.

Coral reefs are in danger for many reasons, one of which is sunscreen. 6,000 tons of sunscreen wash into coral reefs each year.
Most sunscreens contain oxybenzone which bleaches and damages coral reefs. There are also many other harmful chemicals in non-organic sunscreen products. So, stop harming the reefs and buy natural.
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