Skin Cancer - By Category
An Introduction to Skin Cancer
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with skin cancer? Are you at risk or curious about how to prevent this disease? Either way, you've come to the right place. This section includes easy-to-follow introductions to skin cancer, including its causes, types, appearance and prevalence.
Symptoms of Skin Cancer
How do you tell the difference between a normal skin blemish or mole and a cancerous one? The articles in this section will help you identify the three main types of skin cancer -- basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma -- and when you should call your doctor.
How Skin Cancer is Diagnosed
This section is an introductory guide to how doctors diagnose skin cancer. Included are articles about skin exams, biopsies, CT and MRI scans, and blood and genetic tests. The methods used to determine the stage of skin cancer are also discussed, as are questions you should ask your doctor.
Treatments for Skin Cancer
This section is a guide to the many treatment options available to those newly diagnosed with skin cancer or those whose disease has recurred. Included are introductions to surgical techniques, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted/biologic therapy, as well as their respective side effects.
Preventing Skin Cancer
Most skin cancers are preventable -- it's a simple as protecting yourself from the sun and avoiding other risk factors. This section is a complete guide to skin examinations, the dangers of tanning salons, the link between smoking and skin cancer, and other ways to prevent this devastating disease.
Skin Cancer Risk Factors
People of any age, race, or skin color can develop skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. However, the likelihood of developing these diseases increases when you have one or more of the risk factors described in this section.
UV radiation from the sun or tanning salons is the most significant risk factor for all types of skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Learn how to effectively protect yourself and your children in this section.
Coping with Skin Cancer
You or a loved one has just been diagnosed with skin cancer. Where do you turn for guidance and support? This section contains tips on how to cope emotionally with the disease and organizations devoted to providing support.
Skin Cancer Glossary
As soon as you are diagnosed with skin cancer, you will be subject to a barrage of specialized technical terms from your doctors, nurses and other caregivers. This glossary of commonly used terms will help you make sense of what they are saying and ask intelligent questions to receive optimal care.