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. … Read More
You've heard the warnings about the dangers of skin cancer over and over again, and you know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun using sunscreen and clothing, but do you know what skin cancer symptoms to look for? Depending on your medical and family … Read More
Actinic keratosis is the most common precancerous skin condition, but in most cases, it's easily and painlessly treatable.
Lesions from actinic keratosis are referred to as precancerous because they can turn into malignant tumors. Some 40 to 60 percent of all squamous cell carcinomas begin as actinic keratosis, and recent evidence … Read More
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 … Read More
Guess what! I’m a bad mother (well, at least some of the time). The other day I was playing in a pool with my kids. We had finally escaped the winter to a place where the warm sun shone, and our goosebumps dissolved into a distant memory. We were having … Read More
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 … Read More
There are four subtypes of melanoma, and nodular melanoma is the most aggressive of all. It spirals downward and deeply into the layers of skin, but will show up on the surface as a firm symmetrical bump, lump, or nodule. By the time some people recognize something is wrong, … Read More
Melanoma is the deadliest of all types of skin cancer, yet the cure rate, with early detection and treatment, is 99 percent. Unfortunately, too many people delay treatment and are gradually moving closer to higher melanoma stages, even when they know they have a potentially life-threatening disease.
The lifetime risk of … Read More
Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are forms of skin cancer that are less invasive and less likely to spread than melanomas, but they still need to be diagnosed, treated, and prevented.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. It is classified as … Read More