Skin Cancer: The Most Common Form of Cancer

June 25, 2013

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Get information about this potentially deadly cancer and what you can do to identify signs of skin cancer and decrease your risk factors.

  • Risk Factors : Anyone can get skin cancer, but sun exposure, family history, and certain medical conditions are among the risk factors.

  • Check Your Skin : Doing regular self-exams will help you identify new growths or potentially harmful changes. See your doctor if you notice anything suspicious. (Take a look at some some images of melanoma and basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers.)

  • Types of Skin Cancer : Learn about the three most common forms of skin cancer and where on the body they tend to occur.

  • Protect Your Skin : If you limit your exposure to UV radiation in a variety of ways, you can decrease your risk of developing skin cancer.

  • Avoid Tanning : Too much exposure to UV rays through indoor or outdoor tanning can lead to skin cancer.

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