Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and is defined as the abnormal growth of skin cells on your body. In most cases, cancer develops on the parts of your skin that are exposed to the sun, but it can also occur on areas of your skin that aren't usually exposed to sunlight. If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, you can count on the specialists and surgical oncologists at MedStar Health’s Baltimore Cancer Network to provide you with the latest treatment options and comprehensive care.
Like most forms of cancer, skin cancer starts as noncancerous lesions on your skin. These lesions are changes in the cell structure of your skin that are not cancerous but could develop into cancer over time if left untreated. There are three major types of skin cancer including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. However, there are other rare and unusual types of skin cancer such as Merkel cell carcinoma.
Of all the types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most well-known and the most common type of skin cancer diagnosed in adults age 25-29 years old. It’s also the leading cause of death related to skin cancer. Fortunately, melanoma can be cured if treated early.
Skin cancer can be found anywhere on the body, including the trunk, arms and legs, head and neck areas and under the nails. While fair-skinned people are more likely to get melanoma (as they have less pigmentation to protect their skin from sun damage), but it does occur in people with different skin tones. Approximately five to 10 percent of diagnosed melanoma skin cancer cases are genetically-linked and 20 percent occur in people with a history of sunburns.
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