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Visual Guide to Basal Cell Carcinoma
These nine basal cell carcinoma pictures can help you identify this most common type of skin cancer. Early treatment is important to prevent its spread.
Is It a Mole or Skin Cancer?
This collection of photographs will help you tell the difference between normal moles (nevi, nevus) and melanoma skin cancer.
What Melanoma Looks Like
Melanoma symptom images. Skin Cancer.
What Do Non-Cancerous and Pre-Cancerous Skin...
A collection of pictures of actual non-cancerous and pre-cancerous skin lesions, including actinic keratosis, dysplastic nevi, and more.
How to Tell if That Weird Spot is Skin Cancer
Skin cancer symptoms can include many different shapes, sizes and colors of skin lesions, or no visible lesions at all. Learn what signs to look for.
Your Guide to Understanding Skin Cancer
What is skin cancer? This introductory article provides an easy-to-follow answer for patients, including the different types of skin cancer and their causes, symptoms and treatments.
After Seeing This, You'll Never Skip Sunscreen...
A collection of photographs (images, pictures, JPG) of squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.
Must-Know Facts About Basal Cell Skin Cancer
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.
What You Should Know About the Stages of Skin...
Melanoma staging is the process used to determine the size of a melanoma tumor and where and how far it has spread.
Must-Know Facts About 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.
An Overview of Squamous Cell Skin Cancer
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. Learn about the symptoms, your risk, and how to prevent and treat this cancer.
Understanding A Melanoma Diagnosis
Clark Level and Breslow Thickness are two measures used to determine the stage and prognosis of a melanoma. Learn what these numbers can mean for you.
Learn About the Possible Locations of Melanoma...
Melanoma metastasis occurs when a melanoma lesion recurs (returns), gets thicker or spreads from the skin to the lymph nodes or distant organs.
Common Treatments for Basal and Squamous Cell...
A guide to the most common skin cancer treatment options for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, including creams, surgery and other treatments.
What Skin Cancer Patients Need to Know about...
An introduction to prescription Efudex (fluorouracil) cream for treatment of basal cell carcinoma or actinic keratosis, including its safe and effective use.
Must-Know Facts About Rare Skin Cancers
Rare skin cancers include cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, sebaceous gland carcinoma, and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.
Early-Stage Melanoma Treatment Options
Learn more about common treatment options for early stage melanoma, including stages 0, I and II, that are localized to the skin or local lymph nodes.
What the LDH Test Can Tell You About Melanoma
An overview of the LDH test for melanoma skin cancer, including what the test measures, what results mean, and its effectiveness in detecting metastasis.
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.
Understanding Your Melanoma Pathology Report,...
An important part of your melanoma pathology report, the mitotic rate is a measurement of how fast tumor cells are dividing in patients with melanoma.
Basal Cell Carcinoma: The Common Skin Cancer
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer effecting over 2.5 million American a year. Learn about the symptoms, risk factors and treatments for basal cell carcinoma.
Making Sense of CT, MRI and PET Scans for...
An introduction to CT, MRI and PET scans for patients newly diagnosed with melanoma.
Is Aldara an Effective Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer...
Aldara(imiquimod) is a prescription topical cream used to treat basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis. Learn about its use and potential side effects.
Self-Check Skin Exams: How to Spot Signs of...
Answers to five commonly asked questions about performing a self-check skin exam to detect skin cancer in its early, treatable stages.
Solaraze (diclofenac) Topical Cream for Actinic...
Solaraze (diclofenac) is a prescription NSAID topical cream for actinic keratosis treatment. Learn about its effective use and possible side effects.
Actinic Keratosis
What is actinic keratosis? Skin Cancer.
Metastatic Melanoma Treatment Options
Learn more about common metastatic melanoma treatment options for patients with stage III or IV disease.
Skin Cancer Diagnosis
How a skin cancer diagnosis is determined, from warning signs to different types of biopsies to the different stages of melanoma.
A Guide to Chemotherapy For Skin Cancer
A patient's guide to the various chemotherapy drugs used to treat metastatic melanoma skin cancer.
5 Disturbing Facts About Skin Cancer
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer, coming from the outer layer of the skin, called epidermis. Although this type of skin cancer is not life threatening, it can be dangerous.
Introduction to Melanoma
Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer. Unlike other slow-growing skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma/squamous cell carcinoma), melanoma is aggressive.
The Skin Cancer Biopsy: What You Need to Know
If the lesion on your skin appears potentially cancerous, your doctor will take a sample from the suspicious area for examination under a microscope. This is called a biopsy. Learn more about the various types of skin biopsies in this overview.
What Are the Main Melanoma Risk Factors?
Melanoma risk factors, either alone or in combination, can make you more likely to develop the skin cancer. Know your risks, and how you may prevent it.
Skin Cancer Treatment
An overview of the available types of skin cancer treatment, including treatments for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Pros and Cons of Lymph Node Dissection for...
If a sentinel node biopsy shows that your melanoma has spread, should you remove the remaining lymph nodes? It's not an easy decision, and these pros and cons may help.
What is Actinic Keratosis?
Actinic Keratosis is the second most common skin condition treated by dermatologists. Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment options for this prevelant skin cancer.
Dysplastic Nevi
Early detection of suspicious moles indicate the early stages of skin cancer. During mole checks, dermatologists look for dysplastic nevi, or atypical moles,
Patient's Guide to Interferon-alfa2b for the...
Learn more about interferon-alfa2b, the only approved drug for the adjuvant (post-surgery) treatment of patients with high-risk melanoma in danger of recurring (coming back).
What are keratinocytes?
What are keratinocytes? Skin Cancer.
What is a nevus? Skin Cancer.
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.
Melanoma Treatment Options After Surgery
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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.
The Top 5 Most Promising Upcoming Drugs for...
Learn more about the five most promising new drugs in phase III clinical trials for the treatment of advanced and metastatic (stage III and IV) melanoma.
What is a dermatologist? Skin Cancer.
An Introduction to Cancer Genetics and Melanoma
A number of genetic factors are being investigated for their role in melanoma skin cancer, including inherited genes as well genetic defects that are acquired from excessive sun exposure.
Prevent Skin Cancer by Following These Simple...
How much sun is too much? Who is most at risk? What are the most effective ways to protect yourself? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about sun safety.
Less Common Treatments for Basal and Squamous...
Learn about less commonly used treatments for basal and squamous cell skin cancers such as radiation, photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, and laser ablation therapy.
Lymph Node
What is a lymph node? Skin Cancer.
What is a margin? Skin Cancer.
Topical Treatment for Skin Cancer | Basal Cell...
Basal Cell Carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer that can be treated with topical medication. Found out how these topical treatments benefit the user and how it treats skin cancer.
What is a macule? Skin Cancer.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Skin...
If you've been diagnosed with skin cancer, you need to ask your healthcare provider these questions about their treatment decisions. An informed patient is an empowered patient!
Skin Cancer Risk
People of any age, race, or skin color can develop nonmelanoma skin cancers such as basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma. However, the likelihood of developing these diseases increases when you have one or more of these risk factors.
Kaposi Sarcoma: Rare Skin Cancer
Kaposi Sarcoma is a rare skin cancer that can affect lymph nodes and other organs. Read about the warning signs of kaposi sarcoma and treatment options.
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
What is a sentinel lymph node biopsy?
Spitz Nevus
What is a spitz nevus?. Skin Cancer.
What is chemotherapy? Skin Cancer.
The Deadly Skin Cancer
Merkel Cell Carcinoma is a rare form of skin cancer that can be deadly when left untreated. Read about warning signs and what you can do to detect and treat merkel cell carcinoma sooner.
6 Tips for Treating a Sunburn
Quick tips for treating red, itchy, peeling sunburned skin.
What You Need to Know About Interleukin-2 for...
If your doctor has recommended interleukin-2 to treat your stage IV melanoma, this overview will arm you with the critical information you need to understand how it works, its effectiveness and its side effects.
The 8 Biggest Myths About Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an easy way to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. This article corrects the many myths that exist about the use and effectiveness of sunscreen.
Tips for Coping With Interferon Side Effects
Tips for coping with the side effects of interferon-alfa2b for patients with melanoma skin cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of Basal Cell Skin Cancer?
What are the symptoms of basal cell carcinoma? Part of a series of answers to frequently asked questions about basal cell skin cancer, the most common type of skin cancer. Also includes basal cell skin cancer pictures.
Quit Smoking Now to Prevent Skin Cancer
Did you know that tobacco use can triple your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma? This article explains the link.
What is immunotherapy? Skin Cancer.
You've Finished Melanoma Treatment - Now What?
Congratulations! You've battled melanoma and you've won. But are you ready for what's next?
Skin Cancer Prevention
A short, simple introduction to preventing skin cancer.
Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer
Mohs Surgery is widely used to treat common skin cancers by ridding the skin of cancerous cells by a process in which small skin layers are removed one by one until all skin cancer cells are gone.
Ipilimumab for Melanoma Treatment
Ipilimumab has been tested in multiple clinical trials for many years and appears to finally be on the verge of FDA approval, perhaps as early as 2010. That's certainly good news for patients with melanoma, who have few options once the disease spreads to other areas of the body.
Is Interferon for Treating Melanoma Right for...
Is interferon-alpha2b for treating melanoma after surgery right for you? Here are some of the pros and cons of interferon treatment to discuss with your doctor.
Skin Cancer Affects Latinos and African-America...
People of all races and skin colors can get skin cancer. If that fact surprises you, you're not alone.
Cancer Chemotherapy for Melanoma: Dacarbazine
Chemotherapy with dacarbazine is currently the only FDA-approved chemotherapy drug for metastatic melanoma. Learn more about its use and side effects in this overview.
Prevent Skin Cancer by Avoiding Tanning Salons
Research shows that using tanning salons increases your risk of squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. This article describes the details of the link and refutes the claims of the tanning industry.
How is Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Treated
How is squamous cell skin cancer treated? Part of a series of answers to frequently asked questions about one of the most common types of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.
Less Common Risk Factors for Basal and Squamous...
Besides ultraviolet light, a variety of diseases, skin conditions, chemicals, and medicines can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Treat Skin Cancer with Cryotherapy | Benefits...
Cryotherapy is a non-invasive skin cancer outpatient treatment. With low risk of scarring and minimal downtime, Cryotherapy is a popular choice of skin cancer treatment. Learn about the procedure and its risks and benefits.
How Is Basal Cell Skin Cancer Diagnosed?
How is basal cell cancer diagnosed? Part of a series of answers to frequently asked questions about the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma.
How Is Basal Cell Skin Cancer Treated?
How is basal cell cancer treated? Part of a series of answers to frequently asked questions about the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma.
Mohs Surgery Preparation | Surgical Removal of...
Mohs Surgery is the surgical removal of skin cancer. Learn about how you can prepare for Mohs surgery including the risk and benefits of surgical intervention.
Surgical Removal & Mohs Surgery for Skin...
Learn about how surgical removal and Mohs surgery is used to treat skin cancer. Our skin cancer experts at About.com explain the procedure process and risks associated with these treatments.
What is a clinical trial?
What is a clinical trial? Skin Cancer.
What is SPF? Skin Cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of Squamous Cell Skin...
What are the symptoms of 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.
Chemotherapy for Skin Cancer | Skin Cancer...
Skin cancer can be treated with chemotherapy. There are different forms of chemotherapy such as chemotherapy cream and systematic chemotherapy. Learn more how chemotherapy can treat skin cancer.
What is lymphoscintigraphy? Skin Cancer.
What is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US with 3.5 million cases and over 2 million people diagnosed annually.May is National Skin Cancer Month.
What is Electrosurgery?
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. With proper treatment, skin cancer can be properly removed. Read about electrosurgery, a skin cancer treatment used by dermatologists.
Erythema Solare
What is erythema solare? Skin Cancer.
Adjuvant Treatment
What is adjuvant treatment? Skin Cancer.
What is apoptosis? Skin Cancer.
Immune System
What is the immune system? A definition for laypeople, from a skin cancer perspective.
Photodynamic Therapy for Skin Cancer
Photodynamic Therapy or PDT is a dermatologic procedure that can be used to treat skin cancer. This non-invasive therapy can help reduce skin cancer lesions on patients.
Radition Therapy for Skin Cancer | XRT Treatment
Radiation Therapy or Radio Therapy (XRT) is a treatment that uses high energy rays to destroy cancer cells. Learn about the radiation therapy process, preparation and recovery.
How Is Squamous Cell Skin Cancer Diagnosed?
What is squamous cell skin cancer? How is it diagnosed? Part of a series of answers to frequently asked questions about one of the most common types of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma.

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