Skin Cancer

The skin is the largest organ of the human body.  It covers and protects all internal organs, serves as a barrier from germs and helps regulate body temperature.  Skin cancer occurs when abnormal cells collect and grow anywhere on, or within the skin.  There are various types of skin cancer; melanoma, which generally occurs within a mole, is the most serious, most aggressive and deadliest of all skin cancers and accounts for more than 68,000 diagnoses each year.  More than 1 million people annually are diagnosed with other skin cancers (non-melanoma) such as basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer—both are less aggressive and almost always curable.  Skin cancer, unlike many cancers, does have the potential to be detected early on.  Any change on the skin in a bump or mole, or if there is a new growth or area on the skin that is matched with scaliness or a change in sensation, itchiness or tenderness, should be checked by a doctor.  Protecting the skin from the sun is the most important prevention method a person can do in order to help prevent skin cancer.

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