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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.

5 Disturbing Facts About Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is often considered a "mild" type of cancer -- readily treatable and nothing much to worry about. However, it should never be taken lightly. What you don't know about skin cancer may disfigure or even kill you.

What is skin cancer?
What is skin cancer? This introductory article provides an easy-to-follow answer, including the different types of skin cancer and their causes.

Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, accounts for about 80 percent of all skin cancers. Learn the types, symptoms and treatments.

Introduction to Squamous Cell Carcinoma
An introduction to squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer.

Introduction to Melanoma Skin Cancer
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer. Learn more about melanoma in this overview, including types, growth pattern, diagnosis, and treatments.

Melanoma Skin Cancer and the Young
Contrary to popular belief, melanoma skin cancer afflicts people of all ages. We turned to an expert, Robert A. Weiss, MD, to provide some perspective on the impact of melanoma on young people -- and what they can do about it.

Where and Why Can Melanoma Spread?
Melanoma metastasis occurs when a melanoma lesion recurs (returns), gets thicker or spreads from the skin to the lymph nodes or distant organs.

FAQ: What Is Basal Cell Skin Cancer?
What is basal cell skin cancer? Part of a series of answers to frequently asked questions about the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma.

FAQ: What Is Squamous Cell Skin Cancer?
What is squamous cell skin cancer? Part of a series of answers to frequently asked questions about one of the most common types of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.

Video: Types of Skin Cancer
This short video clearly explains the different types of skin cancer and where they originate in the skin.

Skin Cancer in Latinos and African-Americans
People of all races and skin colors can get skin cancer. If that fact surprises you, you're not alone.

Rare Skin Cancers
Rare skin cancers include cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, Kaposis sarcoma, sebaceous gland carcinoma, and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.

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