What Is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma (affecting cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis) and squamous cell carcinomas (affecting cells in the middle layer of the epidermis). A rarer but more dangerous skin cancer is melanoma, the leading cause of death from skin disease. Risk factors for developing skin cancer include the following: fair skin, family history of melanoma, age over 40, and regular sun exposure. Skin cancers vary in shape, color, size and texture, so any new, changed, or otherwise suspicious growths or rashes should be examined immediately by a dermatologist. Early intervention is essential to preventing the cancer from spreading.
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