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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer in the United States.

There are 2 main types of skin cancers: keratinocyte cancers (basal and squamous cell skin cancers) and melanomas.

There are other types of skin cancers as well, but they are much less common.

It is important for doctors to tell these types of skin cancer apart, because they are treated differently. It is also important for you to
know what melanomas and basal and squamous cell skin cancers look like. This may help you find them at the earliest possible stage,
when they are cured most easily.

Signs and Symptoms
The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change to your skin.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)


Prevention and Early Detection
Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some may come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds.

Some people think about sun protection only in the summer when they are outdoors, such as at the pool. But sun exposure adds up each day - every time you are in the sun.

Here are steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:

Sunscreen Tips



Sources: American Cancer Society, American Academy of Dermatology