Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis, and it’s the most preventable cancer. Most skin cancer is caused by damage from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UV rays).
Each year, more than 76,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma—the most dangerous type of skin cancer—and nearly 10,000 will die of the disease. In addition, more than two million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer annually—either basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma.
Protecting your skin during your first 18 years can reduce your risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78%.
Recent research on the benefits of vitamin D (made by the skin from sunlight) indicates that just a brief exposure of your face, arms and hands to the sun is sufficient—about 15 minutes a day, three days per week. Talk to your health care professional about Vitamin D and your health.
Men are more likely than women to get non-melanoma skin cancer. People who have paler skin tones are more likely to develop melanoma than are those with darker complexions. However, anyone with any skin color may develop skin cancer. The risk for skin cancer increases you get older.
Watch our videos to learn about more ways you can prevent skin cancer.
When looking at moles, remember the ABCDE rule:
Asymmetry (one half of the mole doesn’t match the other)
Color that is not uniform
Diameter greater than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser)
Evolving size, shape or color
If you notice any CHANGE in size, shape or elevation of a mole, or experience any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting, see your health care professional promptly.
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Skin cancer treatment depends on the type and stage of the skin cancer. The most common types of treatment for skin cancer are:
Other possible treatments include: