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Skin Cancer Signs? Self-Checks May Help You Avoid Deadly Recurrence

Skin Cancer Signs? Self-Checks May Help You Avoid Deadly Recurrence

Melanoma—the most serious form of skin cancer—is rare, but the number of cases is still cause for concern. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 87,000 people are diagnosed with melanoma every year, and nearly 10,000 die from the disease. Regular self-checks will help you recognize skin cancer signs

Age Spots—Or Signs of Skin Cancer?

Age Spots—Or Signs of Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer may seem less threatening than breast, lung, or colon cancers, but if you have the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, it can be fatal. A dermatologist can perform a thorough screening of your skin, but between appointments, you need to monitor your skin for signs of

How to Tell if That Spot May Be Skin Cancer

Skin cancer may seem less threatening than breast, lung, or colon cancers, but if you have the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, it can be fatal. A dermatologist can perform a thorough screening of your skin, but between appointments, you need to monitor your skin for signs of

Melanomas Can Affect All Races

Melanomas Can Affect All Races

People with fair complexions, red hair, blue eyes, and freckles typically are considered to be at greater risk of skin cancer than their darker-skinned counterparts. Research has shown that melanomas and other skin cancers occur more commonly in Caucasians than in other racial groups.

However, a new study suggests that African-Americans

New Technique for Detecting Skin Cancer Improves Survival

Research at UCLA on a technique for detecting the earliest spread of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has confirmed that the procedure significantly prolongs patients’ survival rates compared with traditional “watch and wait” techniques.

The technique, called sentinel-node biopsy, allows doctors to quickly determine whether the disease has spread,

5. Starting Today

We know a lot about skin—how to take care of it, protect it, and treat it when something goes wrong. But perhaps the most important thing to remember about skin is that it is constantly changing. Those changes are normal and healthy most of the time. Sometimes, however, they are

4. Keeping Skin Healthy

In this chapter you’ll learn about the products and services we see, buy or use almost every day that may or may not have a profound effect on the health of our skin. Which foods should we eat or avoid? Which kinds of clothing apparel and accessories protect us? What

2. Beating Skin Cancer

Cancer is the name for a collection of related diseases. The distinguishing characteristic of all them is that cells divide, grow, and spread (metastasize) to other tissues of the body.
Skin cancer, then, is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It is responsible for one-third of all cancers in the United

1. Skin 101

We look at it several times a day, touch it, admire it, worry about it, and spend money on it. At times, we ignore or abuse it.
The way we choose to take care of our skin today will show up later in health and appearance. With life-long attention, skin can

Don’t Turn Your Back on Melanoma Symptoms

Don’t Turn Your Back on Melanoma Symptoms

If you’re conscientious about your health, you exercise, watch what you eat, and see your physician periodically for a physical exam. And you might have your doctor screen you for certain types of cancer. Still, you might be missing one critical screening, both at your doctor’s office and at home:

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