Skin Cancer News

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the world. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma -- all names derived from the skin cells where the cancer begins. Melanoma, for example, starts in the melanocytes, which are pigment-producing cells.

The vast majority of skin cancer cases are preventable.

Causes and Symptoms of Skin Cancer

By and large, skin cancer is caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning booths. Any sunburn can increase your risk, though having more frequent severe sunburns that result in peeling or blistering increase risk even further. Also, people with pale and light skin are more likely to develop skin cancer than people with darker skin.

Protecting your skin from overexposure to the sun with clothing, shade and the use of sunscreen, year-round, is the best way to prevent skin cancer.

If skin cancer does develop, its appearance can vary from person to person. Anyone who notices a mole, mass or mark on the skin that lasts for two weeks and bleeds or itches, changes shape or grows, should have it checked by a dermatologist. That's the best way to catch skin cancer early and resolve it safely. In addition, watch for skin growths that are an irregular shape or are multi-colored as these are also warning signs of skin cancer.

Treatment

The most common treatment for skin cancer is some type of surgery to remove the cancer. If it's detected early enough, this is usually quite effective and minimally invasive. In some instances, people with skin cancer may also need radiation therapy, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy or biological therapy to rid the surrounding area of cancer cells and prevent future growth. If more extensive surgery is required, plastic or reconstructive surgery may be needed to restore the appearance of the skin after the cancer has been removed.

SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology; U.S. National Cancer Institute

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11/15/2017
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10/31/2017
Health Tip: Avoid UV Radiation

Too much could lead to skin cancer

10/25/2017
Almost 4 in 10 Tanning Salons Flout State Laws

Survey finds many salons willing to offer tanning to teens, despite legal bans

10/19/2017
1 in 5 Young Women Who Tan Indoors Get Addicted

Depression and worries about appearance common in those who can't skip the tanning bed, study finds

10/16/2017
With Skin Cancer Surgery, Insurance Matters

Wait could be more than 6 weeks longer than those with private insurance, study says

10/10/2017
Start Skin Cancer Prevention Early, Health Experts Say

New proposal urges doctors to begin talking to parents when fair-skinned children are 6 months old

10/2/2017
Does Healthy Skin Around Suspicious Moles Need Removal?

Goal is to only perform one procedure, skin cancer specialist says

9/11/2017
Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma

In head-to-head trial, Opdivo outperformed a similar drug, and with fewer side effects

9/8/2017
Obamacare Paid Off for Poorer Cancer Patients

Health coverage surged in states that expanded Medicaid, research finds

8/29/2017
Moles Not Most Likely Spot for Melanomas

More than two-thirds of deadly skin cancers occur as new lesions, analysis finds

8/29/2017
Moles and Melanoma

The majority of melanoma skin cancers do not come from moles, new study finds

8/11/2017
How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen?

One out of three may not offer the right protection, study suggests

7/27/2017
Melanoma Isn't the Only Serious Skin Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma is far more common and also dangerous if untreated, dermatologist says

7/19/2017
Health Tip: Getting Too Much Sun?

Here's what it can do

7/17/2017
McCain's Recovery Time After Surgery Uncertain, Experts Say

Fate of Affordable Care Act may depend on Senator's return to work

7/17/2017
Smart Steps for Sun Protection

Know the ABCs of SPFs

7/7/2017
Parkinson's Disease and Melanoma May Occur Together, Study Finds

Doctors should counsel patients that if they have one disease, they're at risk of the other

6/29/2017
Melanoma Biopsy Results Can Differ, Worrying Patients

Doctor discovers skin cancer evaluations aren't always as clear-cut as many might think

6/28/2017
Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

First step: Get to know your own skin markings, doctor says

6/16/2017
Many Tanning Salons Defy Legal Age Limits on Users

Some also make false claims about the health effects of tanning, researchers find

6/14/2017
Have Scientists Created a Safe, Sun-Free Tan?

Experiment unlocks a way to tan without harmful UV exposure, which could help prevent skin cancer

6/14/2017
Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Cancer

How to protect your skin

6/11/2017
With Summer Sun Comes Heightened Skin Cancer Risk

Doctor shares tips for prevention, recognition

6/8/2017
Is Full Lymph Node Removal Always Needed for Melanoma?

Survival was just as long for those who had less extensive surgery, large study finds

6/7/2017
More Cancers Caught in Wealthy People

Those with more money more likely to be screened, researchers report

6/6/2017
Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years

Study looked at data stretching from 1956 and 2016

6/2/2017
Dark Skin No Shield From Deadly Skin Cancer

Death rates from melanoma are higher for people of color, skin expert says

5/19/2017
Study Refutes Viagra-Melanoma Link

Data shows no connection between impotence drug and deadly skin cancer, after all

5/16/2017
Sunscreen 101

Study finds many people don't use it properly, raising their risk of skin cancer

5/8/2017
Health Tip: Teach Teens About Sun Safety

Explain why it's important

4/28/2017
Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop'

Skin cancer expert offers advice for protection against summer rays

4/13/2017
Health Tip: Checking Your Child's Moles

Characteristics you should watch for

4/5/2017
Surgery May Be Best for Advanced Melanoma

Patients who had lesions reaching the belly removed lived about 18 months longer, study says

4/3/2017
Gene Changes May Put Childhood Cancer Survivors at Risk

1 in 4 kids who lived through cancer developed another cancer by age 45, study finds

3/31/2017
Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Still, more progress is needed and racial disparities remain, U.S. report finds

3/23/2017
Bavencio Approved for Rare Skin Cancer

First sanctioned treatment in U.S. for aggressive tumor

3/3/2017
More Teens Turning Their Backs on Tanning Beds: CDC

Half as many high school students reported indoor tanning in 2015 versus 2009, survey finds

3/2/2017
Skin Diseases Take Big Slice Out of America's Health, Economy

The sometimes deadly conditions cost $75 billion in 2013, report says

3/2/2017
Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun

1 in 5 had suffered a sunburn in the past year, study finds

3/2/2017
Melanoma and Sun Exposure

Nearly 20 percent of melanoma survivors admit getting a sunburn after diagnosis, new study finds.

2/28/2017
Indoor Tanning: A Big Financial Hit to U.S. Health Care

Skin cancers from UV light in devices totalled $343 million in 2015 alone, researchers say

2/20/2017
Self-Checks Help Spot Melanoma's Return

Patient-detected symptoms were most common way of detecting return of deadly skin cancer, study finds

1/19/2017
Skin Cancer Cream Linked to 5 Dog Deaths: FDA

Even ingesting small amounts of fluorouracil can kill family pets, agency warns

1/18/2017
Men: Here Are Ways to Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

Avoiding the sun and choosing products best suited to your skin type are key, dermatologist advises

1/13/2017
Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks

7 out of 10 surveyed overlook connection to skin cancer

12/29/2016
Melanoma Rates Rise in Some States, Fall in Others

Local sun-safety campaigns may be key to progress against the deadly skin cancer, researchers say

12/21/2016
U.S. Melanoma Rate Is Rising, Study Finds

1 in every 54 Americans will develop invasive form of the skin cancer in their lifetime