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Skin Cancer: The Hidden Dangers

Marlene J. Mash, MD
Published by in Skin Health ·
Tags: cancer
Protecting Your Skin Against Skin Cancer...
Our risk of getting skin   cancer is real. Current estimates are that  one in five Americans will   develop skin cancer. You can prevent and  detect skin cancer:
            
            
                  
  • Seek shade, cover up, and wear sunscreen.
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  • Look for new or changing spots on your skin.
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  • See us if you spot anything changing, itching, or bleeding.
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What is Skin Cancer?
            
Skin cancer is  an abnormal   growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of  the skin   exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all  colors and   races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily  have a higher   risk.   
            
There are three  types of skin cancer that   account for nearly 100% of all diagnosed  cases: basal cell carcinoma   (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and  melanoma.
            
What does Skin Cancer look like?
            
The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change to your skin.
            
And the most common change is something growing on your skin. This   growth can appear on the skin in many ways.



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