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What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, in this type of cancer, the cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis are affected. Squamous cell carcinoma is not as common and affects cells in the middle layer of the epidermis. Rarer and more dangerous skin cancer is melanoma which is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
The risk factors for developing skin cancer include pale skin, a family history of melanoma, and regular sun exposure. These cancers vary in shape, color, size, and texture. If you see a new, changed, or otherwise suspicious growth anywhere on your body, you should be examined immediately by a physician. Early intervention is essential to preventing cancer from spreading.
Skin Cancer is by far the most common cancer in the world, accounting for 75% of all cancer diagnoses. The incidence of skin cancer is rising, even though most cases could be prevented by limiting the skin's exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Most cases of skin cancer are cured, but the disease is a major health concern because it affects so many people.
Men are 3 times more likely to get skin cancer than women. Many people diagnosed with skin cancer are between the ages 45 and 54, although there has been an increase in the different types of skin cancer in younger people. Genetics, Geography, and Race are all factors that increase your chance of contracting the early detection and treatment of skin cancer is the only way to a cure. Since skin cancer is always at the top layers of your skin, it is the only type of cancer that is always detectable in its early years, and therefore more likely to be cured.
Types of Skin Cancer
Skin cancers fall into two major categories: melanoma and nonmelanoma
Actinic Keratoses is a noncancerous skin growth that may become cancerous. These are crusty, reddish lesions that may scratch off, but grow back on sun-exposed skin.
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Murrieta: (951) 433-5410
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Yuba City: (530) 599-8703
Stockton: (209) 227-5052
What Happens if you are Diagnosed with Melanoma?
Melanoma develops when normal pigment-producing skin cells become abnormal, begin to grow uncontrollably, and start to invade surrounding tissues.
Usually, only one melanoma develops at a time and can begin in an existing mole or other skin growth but can also start in unmarked skin.
When melanoma is found early, it can often be cured by surgery to remove it. But once melanoma spreads, it is harder to cure.
Here is how the number for a cure breakdown:
Early treatment is the key takeaway here! If you see an abnormal growth in your body, call us to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.
The chart on the right shows the ABCDEs for detecting skin cancer:
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