Of all the cancers that humans can get, skin cancer is the most common. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more new cases of skin cancer in the US each year than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer. Approximately 20 percent of Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
While basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma is the most deadly, accounting for more than 10,000 deaths per year in the US alone. Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer.
Skin Cancer Risk Factors
People of all colors and races get skin cancer. Sun exposure and sunburns are the most preventable risk factors for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Learn more about Sun and Your Skin.
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
Types of Skin Cancer and Treatment Options
The practitioners at Water’s Edge Dermatology treat all types of skin cancer and precancers. Two of the most common and effective treatments for skin cancer include Mohs surgery and electron beam therapy. Explore the links below to learn more.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early. While we highly recommend an annual preventive skin exam with a qualified dermatologist, performing skin self-exams on a regular basis is the single most important thing you can do to catch skin cancers in their earliest stages.
If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, contact Water’s Edge Dermatology immediately for an appointment with one of our practitioners. Our dermatologists will examine your area(s) of concern, make a diagnosis, and recommend treatment options.
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