Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer
COMMON SKIN CANCERS: Several types of skin cancer exist, but the 3 most common are
1. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
2. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
BCC is the most common form of skin cancer. The lesions of BCC often look like open sores, red or pink patches, scars, or shiny bumps. The vast majority of BCCs are caused by a combination of intense and long-term exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Consistent sun exposure over time and intense exposure resulting in sunburn together damage the skin and increase the risk of BCC.
SCC is the second-most-common form of skin cancer. Cumulative, long-term sun exposure over a lifetime causes most SCCs. This includes daily, year-round exposure; intense exposure during warm months and exposure during a vacation in sunny areas.
Finally, Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanomas originate in melanocytes, pigment-producing cells in the epidermis. Melanomas often develop from moles. The acronym ABCDE is helpful for differentiating a melanoma from a normal mole: asymmetrical, border (uneven), color (various), diameter (larger), and evolving (changing).
SKIN CANCER PREVENTION:
Skin cancers are most often curable, but early detection and prompt treatment are imperative
Sun safety habits are core to the prevention of all skin cancers. These habits include avoiding sunburns, tans, and UV tanning beds; dressing to cover the skin; seeing a dermatologist for an annual skin exam; seeking shade between 10 am and 4 pm; self-examining the skin every month; and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with sun protection factor 15 or higher applied to the body 30 minutes prior to exposure and reapplied every 2 hours.
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