What Is Skin Cancer?

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Skin Cancer

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.

What Is Skin Cancer?

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. 

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  • 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.

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Skin Cancer Risk

Doctors have a pretty clear and solid understanding of who gets skin cancer. Use the sites below to find more information on skin cancer risk.

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  • If you're in a high-risk group, it's not a cause for panic. Take precautionary methods to protect yourself from the sun, and make sure that you visit a dermatologist regularly.
  • Just because you're not in a high-risk group doesn't mean you're immune. Everyone should follow the guidelines recommended in the "Preventing Skin Cancer" section of this guide.

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Skin Cancer Signs and Diagnosis

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than half of diagnosed melanomas are found by the patient first. If you know what to look for, you can catch your skin cancer in an early phase, increasing your chances of a successful recovery. Be proactive and use the sites below to learn about skin cancer signs and diagnosis.

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  • Some of the symptoms or precancers you'll read about below are warning signs, not certain indicators of cancer. For example, if you have an atypical mole, you should monitor it and notify a doctor about changes, but don't jump to conclusions.
  • If you are diagnosed with cancer, your cancer will be staged (given a number) to determine the course your treatment will take. The higher the number, the more serious the cancer and the more aggressive the treatment will likely be.

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Skin Cancer Prevention

It's often hard to determine the origin of a cancer but skin cancer's causes are plain as day. Although there are some other factors that may increase risk, sun damage is the primary culprit. Use the sites below to get information on skin cancer prevention.

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  • Although preventative measures for skin cancer are more evident than for other cancers, there are still no guarantees.

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Skin Cancer Treatment

Although skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, it is also the most easily treated. Below you'll find sites that explain skin cancer treatment options for all three kinds of skin cancer.

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  • Your treatment will be partially determined by the stage of your cancer. For information about staging, see the "Skin Cancer Signs and Diagnosis" section of this guide.
  • Skin cancer treatment may require surgery that will leave scars. As a result, some people choose to have a plastic surgeon perform the procedure. If you'd like more information about plastic surgery in general, or about how to choose a surgeon, take a look at our Plastic Surgery Web Guide.

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Skin Cancer Research and News

Doctors and researchers continue to investigate the causes and cures for skin cancer. Use the sites below to find the latest in skin cancer research and news.

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  • You'll find additional information about skin cancer research in general medical journals. Expedite your inquiry by entering "skin cancer" into the search bar of the online versions of these medical journals.
  • The articles below are mostly directed at the research community, so it may not be clear to you how the findings affect you or your cancer. Some of the patient-oriented sites in the sections above will post research news and explain how results factor into your personal treatment and prevention.

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Skin Cancer Support

The sites below offer alternatives to the official medical sites listed in the rest of this guide. You'll find forums for discussion both online and on land where you can connect with others and find skin cancer support.

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  • Remember that these forums are open to the public. Don't share anything unless you don't mind making it public.
  • Although forums can offer helpful advice, the information you find should never be put into practice unless you've checked with a doctor first.

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