Skin Cancer is the Most Common Type of Cancer in the U.S.

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer. Early detection can save lives. This year alone more than 1 million new cases will be diagnosed.

Skin is our largest organ. It protects against heat, sun, injury, and infection. It controls our body temperature.

While it can be deadly, nearly all types are treatable. There are 4 different types.

1. Basal Cell Carcinoma

-accounts for more than 90% of all cancers

-appears as a small, pink bump or patch usually on the head or neck

-slow growing

-doesn't usually spread unless untreated

-if you develop this you will be more likely of developing it again

2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma

-looks like basal cell cancer, but more scaly and rough

-found on head, neck, and most often ears, lip, and backs of arms and hands

-more aggressive and more likely to grow deep and spread

-if detected early, potentially curable

-most common in organ transplant recipients

3. Actinic Keratosis (solar keratosis)

-precancerous condition that could develop into squamous cell carcinoma

-appears rough, red or brown, and scaly

-more easily felt than seen

-found on sun-exposed areas of body

4. Melanoma

-less common

-most dangerous

-appears as irregular brown, black, or red spot or a changing mole

-if diagnosed early, potentially curable

There are certain risk factors.

-being exposed to excessive amounts of sun (especially under the age of 18)

-having fair skin, blue green or hazel eyes, red or blond hair, or lots of freckles

-having multiple moles

-having a family history of skin cancer

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