Skin Cancer OVERVIEW
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer people develop. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more new cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Approximately one in five Americans develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
While basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, melanoma is the most deadly, accounting for more than 10,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Actinic keratosis is the most common pre-cancer.
Skin Cancer Risk Factors
People of all skin shades and races get skin cancer. Sun exposure and sunburns are the most preventable risk factors for all skin cancers, including melanoma.
Other risk factors include
- Family history of skin cancer
- Exposure to X-rays
- Weakened immune system
- Scarring caused by a disease or burn
- Exposure to cancer-causing compounds such as arsenic
- Using indoor tanning devices such as tanning beds and sunlamps
- Fair skin
- Blond or red hair
- Blue or green eyes
Identifying Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is treatable when caught early. You should have your skin examined by a qualified dermatologist once a year to help watch for any changes in your skin or signs of early-stage skin cancer. Additionally, you should also perform regular skin exams on your own.
If you notice any spots on your skin changing, growing or bleeding, you should immediately call your Water’s Edge dermatologist for an appointment. Your provider will examine your area(s) of concern, make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options when appropriate.
Don’t wait! Have your skin screened today by one of our highly skilled skin care experts. Call to schedule an appointment or request one online.