Skin Cancer: Most Popular Articles
These photographs will help you tell the difference between normal moles and melanoma skin cancer. Page 9.
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.
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.
A photograph (image, picture, JPG) of invasive squamous cell carcinoma.
A picture (image, photograph, JPG) of the skin condition psoriasis.
A picture (photograph, image, JPG) of a Clark Level IV melanoma lesion.
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.
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.
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.
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer. Learn more about melanoma in this overview, including types, growth pattern, diagnosis, and treatments.
Melanoma staging is the process used to determine the size of a melanoma tumor and where and how far it has spread.
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.
A guide to the most common skin cancer treatment options for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, including creams, surgery and other treatments.
An introduction to prescription Efudex (fluorouracil) cream for treatment of basal cell carcinoma or actinic keratosis, including its safe and effective use.
Melanoma metastasis occurs when a melanoma lesion recurs (returns), gets thicker or spreads from the skin to the lymph nodes or distant organs.
An overview of the LDH test for melanoma skin cancer, including what the test measures, what results mean, and its effectiveness in detecting metastasis.
Rare skin cancers include cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, sebaceous gland carcinoma, and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans.
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.
Answers to five commonly asked questions about performing a self-check skin exam to detect skin cancer in its early, treatable stages.
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.
Aldara(imiquimod) is a prescription topical cream used to treat basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis. Learn about its use and potential side effects.
An introduction to CT, MRI and PET scans for patients newly diagnosed with melanoma.
A patient's guide to the various chemotherapy drugs used to treat metastatic melanoma skin cancer.
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).
Solaraze (diclofenac) is a prescription NSAID topical cream for actinic keratosis treatment. Learn about its effective use and possible side effects.
What is actinic keratosis? Skin Cancer.
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.
Learn about less commonly used treatments for basal and squamous cell skin cancers such as radiation, photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, and laser ablation therapy.
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.
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.
How a skin cancer diagnosis is determined, from warning signs to different types of biopsies to the different stages of melanoma.
Learn more about common metastatic melanoma treatment options for patients with stage III or IV disease.
What is a dermatologist? Skin Cancer.
An overview of the available types of skin cancer treatment, including treatments for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
What are keratinocytes? Skin Cancer.
What is a nevus? Skin Cancer.
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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 a spitz nevus?. 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
What is a margin? Skin Cancer.
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.
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.
What is a macule? Skin Cancer.
What is a lymph node? Skin Cancer.
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.
Besides ultraviolet light, a variety of diseases, skin conditions, chemicals, and medicines can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
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!
Tips for coping with the side effects of interferon-alfa2b for patients with melanoma skin cancer.
Quick tips for treating red, itchy, peeling sunburned skin.
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.
Did you know that tobacco use can triple your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma? This article explains the link.
A short, simple introduction to preventing skin cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is chemotherapy? Skin Cancer.
What is immunotherapy? Skin Cancer.
Temozolomide is used in patients with melanoma that has metastasized (spread) to the brain or nervous system. Learn more about its use, efficacy, and side effects in this overview.
Congratulations! You've battled melanoma and you've won. But are you ready for what's next?
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.
People of all races and skin colors can get skin cancer. If that fact surprises you, you're not alone.
What is lymphoscintigraphy? Skin Cancer.
What is ipilimumab? Skin Cancer.
What is adjuvant treatment? Skin Cancer.
What is the immune system? A definition for laypeople, from a skin cancer perspective.
What is SPF? Skin Cancer.
What is a sentinel lymph node biopsy?
What is a clinical trial? Skin Cancer.
A new technique called adoptive cell transfer may revolutionize melanoma treatment in the future.
What is dacarbazine? Skin Cancer.
What is CTLA-4? Skin Cancer.
What is erythema solare? Skin Cancer.
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.
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.
What is apoptosis? Skin Cancer.
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.
What causes 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.
What is temozolomide? Skin Cancer.
What is a granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor?