Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers yet it's also one of the most easily prevented and easily treated. If you have the right information, you stand a very good chance of being able to protect yourself from skin cancer. Use the Skin Cancer Web Guide to learn what skin cancer is, what the risk factors and causes are, and how you can prevent and treat it.
There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. Although the first two are far more prevalent, melanoma is more serious and causes more deaths. The sites below can give you an introduction to skin cancer, whether you're working on prevention or dealing with a diagnosis.
- Don't be surprised if you find overlap in information for the three kinds of cancer. In fact, as you read over these sites you might notice more similarities than differences.
- Although precancerous growths and cancer are two different things, precancerous growths still require a visit to the dermatologist.
- For additional research, support and information about cancer in general, read the findingDulcinea Cancer Web Guide.
For general information on melanomas ...
defines melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer. Find out where on the body melanoma appears in both men and women, and read about the diagnostic process. Take advantage of the site's skin cancer glossary
as a supplement to your research.
is a cancer Web site run by the University of Pennsylvania explaining melanomas and what they look like, the risk factors and common treatments.
American Cancer Society
presents a PDF document, "Why You Should Know About Melanoma." It outlines the dangers of melanoma, defines risk groups and teaches you what to look for in terms of self-diagnosis.
For general information about other kinds of skin cancer ...
has a concise but comprehensive description of basal cell skin cancer, as well as a picture of what's going on under the skin when this cancer is present. The site has a similar page for squamous cell cancer
National Cancer Institute
provides information about Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare kind of skin cancer that's usually a result of sun damage.
Doctors have a pretty clear and solid understanding of who gets skin cancer. Use the sites below to ... read more »
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than half of diagnosed melanomas are found ... read more »
It's often hard to determine the origin of a cancer but skin cancer's causes are plain as day. ... read more »
Although skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, it is also the most easily treated. Below ... read more »
Doctors and researchers continue to investigate the causes and cures for skin cancer. Use the sites ... read more »
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