The most common type of cancer affecting over a
million people per year. There are THREE main
Basal cell carcinoma, the most common,
is also the least likely to spread into the body, i.e.
metastasize. Estimates range from at least 700,000 to
800,000 new cases per year.
Squamous cell carcinoma, about 200,000 per
year. Squamous cell carcinoma can metastasize and
kills over 1000 persons a year.
Malignant melanoma, over 50,000 people
affected this year. Malignant melanoma is the most
deadly and will kill about 8000 people in the United
States this year.
1 person dies every hour of the day from skin cancer
in the United States.
Skin cancer is linked to accumulated sun exposure from
your first time outdoors as an infant until you walked
into your house or business or got into your car
today. Ultraviolet rays from the sun, damage the skin
by causing mutation in the DNA contained in the genes
of skin cells. If the damage is not repaired, skin
cancer can result. It is also becoming increasingly
clear that artificial tanning devices may contribute
to the formation of skin cancer.
What can be done to prevent skin cancer?
The best defense is not to get a tan from the sun or
tanning machines. The skin should be protected when
outdoors with hats that shade the face and sunscreens
with a protective factor of SPF or blocking agents
like zinc oxide.
Fortunately, if you have skin cancer, it can usually
be treated successfully, especially if it is caught
early. The most successful treatment especially for
non-melanoma skin cancer is Mohs Micrographic surgery.
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