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 chronically sun-damaged skin. However, a yearly full skin exam is important for maintaining good skin health. 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.
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About Skin Cancer
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. A majority of skin cancer occurs in patients with a history of sunburns and tanning bed use. 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.
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- Skin cancer diagnosis
- Skin cancer risk factors
- Skin cancer screening and prevention
- Skin cancer signs
- Skin cancer treatment
- Types of skin cancer