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Skin Cancer

Everything you need to know about skin cancer.

Kayla Osborne

on 1 March 2011

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Transcript of Skin Cancer

SKIN CANCER The uncontrollable growth of abnormal skins cells Basal Cell Carcinoma Melanoma develops from abnormal growth of cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis Most common type occurs in the melanocytes Less common more dangerous Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States RISK FACTORS Complexion: Skin cancers are more common in people with light-colored skin, hair, and eyes Genetics: Having a family history of melanoma increases the risk of developing this cancer. Age: Nonmelanoma skin cancers are more common after age 40. Sun exposure and sunburn: Most skin cancers occur on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to sunlight or other ultraviolet radiation. This is considered the primary cause of all skin cancers. Asymmetry: one half of the abnormal skin area is different than the other half

Borders: irregular borders

Color: varies from one area to another with shades of tan, brown, or black (sometimes white, red, blue)

Diameter: usually (but not always) larger than 6 mm in size (diameter of a pencil eraser)

Any skin growth that bleeds or will not heal Symptoms Treatment Surgical Removal cryosurgery Radiation Skin creams Chemotherapy Medications
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