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Skin Cancer Basics
Skin cancer is a condition where malignant cells develop on the outer layers of the skin. These typically develop in areas that are commonly exposed to the sunlight, such as the face, neck, hands, and the arms. Some people consider skin cancer to be a relatively minor health concern, and this is, for the most part, true. Most skin cancers are preventable, and easily cured when detected at an early stage, before it spreads to other organs inside the body.
Are You at Risk of Melanoma?
Summer is generally a time of increased physical activity, and most of us look forward to gardening, hiking, swimming, or simply sun tanning. Unfortunately, we are now aware that too much of a good thing can be harmful, especially when the subject is about sun exposure. Excessive sun exposure can not only burn the skin and speed up the aging of our skin, but become the cause of more serious problems such as melanoma.
Skin Cancer Self-Examination
Freckles, moles, and birthmarks are common, and almost all people have some of these features in varying degrees. Changes in the shape, color, size, or the outer edges can be warning signs of skin cancer.
Recent Updates on Evaluation and Treatment of Skin Cancer
Two major updates have made recent news in the medical community concerning skin cancer. The first is an update on the well known ABCD guide for identifying and diagnosing melanoma. The second is the approval of Imiquimod (Aldara™, by 3M) cream, used to treat superficial basal cell cancer.
The Tanning Bed Controversy
Tanning beds have been a source of controversy for some time, and there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding its benefits and risks. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently made a recommendation that sun beds should be banned for people who are 18 and under, as younger people are at an increased risk of skin cancer by early exposure to ultraviolet light.