Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer

Chris Schach

Author Bio -

*Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.

*1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer over their lifetime

*Each year there are more skin cancers than the combined number of cancers of the breast

*About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancer are associated with UV exposure from the sun

Key Points

*Potentially deadly skin cancer
*Caused by an abnormal proliferation of melanocytes (pigement making cells) *Initially presents as a newly formed mole or freckle or one which has changed in appearance *The number of melanoma cancers occuring has increased at an alrming rate.  1 in 55 people  will now develop melanoma in their lifetime
*Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults 25-29 years old

Melanoma is the most serious and potentially deadly form of skin cancer.  This cancer initially presents as a newly formed or recently changed mole or freckle. Lesions may change color

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Key Points

*Common skin cancer *Most cases caused by sun exposure *Consists of scaly

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer

SCC is most often caused by excessive sun exposure. Other factors which may increase the likelihood of developing the condition include: family history


Basal Cell Carcinoma

Key Points
*Most common form of skin cancer
*Consists of bumps or growths which can be pearly or waxy *Frequently occurs in sun-damaged skin
*Does not usually metastasize.  These are locally destructive cancers

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. It usually presents in areas of the skin exposed to sun

In nodular BCC

Actinic Keratosis

Key Points

*Consist of small pink areas of skin which are rough or scaly
*Caused by chronic accumulative sun exposure
*Considered a pre-cancerous condition

Actinic keratosis

Actinic keratoses most commonly affect fair-skinned persons