Skin Cancer Types
Basal Cell Carcinoma:
The most common type of skin cancer. This type of cancer usually occurs on sun exposed skin. The head, neck, hands, and nose are the most common areas to be diagnosed with this cancer. Prevention with sun screen and hats can reduce the risk of developing BCC.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma:
Another common type of skin cancer that occurs on sun exposed skin. Women tend to get this on the chest and lower legs. Men tend to get this on the head, face and neck, arm areas. Tanning bed use increases risk of developing this type of cancer.
This type of skin cancer is the most serious type. If left untreated, melanoma can be deadly. Yearly skin checks with a dermatologist, monthly self checks, and knowing the ABCDEs of Melanoma can help make this a treatable condition.
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American Academy of Dermatology – www.aad.org
Skin Cancer Foundation – www.skincancer.org
The Society for Pediatric Dermatology – www.pedsderm.net
Melanoma Patients Information Page – www.mpip.org
Melanoma Research Foundation – www.melanoma.org
National Alopecia Areata Foundation – www.naaf.org
National Psoriasis Foundation – www.psoriasis.org
National Rosacea Society – www.rosacea.org