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Overview

Anatomy of the Skin

The skin is the body's largest organ. It serves as a protective shield against heat, light, injury, and infection.

Melanoma

Detailed information on melanoma, including symptoms, diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment

The Genetics of Skin Cancer

Up to half of all Americans 65 and older will have at least one bout of skin cancer. The most common types of skin cancer in the United States are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. These are generally the result of sun exposure.

Intraocular Melanoma

Melanoma is a serious kind of skin cancer. This cancer involves cells called melanocytes. You also have melanocytes in your eyes. When these cells become cancerous, the condition is called intraocular melanoma.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

Biopsy

Detailed information on biopsy, including the most common types of biopsy such as endoscopic biopsy, bone marrow biopsy, excisional biopsy, incisional biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, punch biopsy, shave biopsy, and skin biopsy

Diagnosis and Staging of Melanoma

Detailed information on diagnosis and staging of melanoma, including use of excisional biopsy, incisional biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, punch biopsy, shave biopsy, and skin biopsy

Sentinel Node Mapping for Melanoma

When you have melanoma, it’s crucial to know whether it has spread from its original site to other places in your body. This helps determine the stage of your cancer, an important step in figuring out the best treatment approach.

Deciding on Treatment

Treatment for Skin Cancer

Detailed information on the most common treatments for skin cancer, including surgery, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, electrochemotherapy, biological therapy, and photodynamic therapy

Managing Side Effects

Fatigue: Management

Fatigue can come and go or stay constant for a while. Fatigue from chemotherapy tends to occur a few days after the treatment, peaks, and then gets better before the next treatment. Fatigue from radiation may not happen right away.

Prevention and Screening

Skin Self-Examination

Detailed information on skin self-examination, including the importance of skin self-examination in skin cancer prevention and a step-by-step guide

Sunscreens

Detailed information on the effects of ultraviolet light and the increased risk of skin cancer, including the use of sunscreen as one skin cancer prevention method

Ultraviolet Radiation

Detailed information on the effects of ultraviolet light and exposure categories according the Ultraviolet (UV) Index

UV Exposure Categories

Detailed information on the effects of ultraviolet light and exposure categories according the Ultraviolet (UV) Index

Effects of Ultraviolet (UV) Exposure

Detailed information on the effects of ultraviolet light and the increased risk of skin cancer, premature aging, cataracts, and immune system damage

Cancer FAQs

Advanced Reading

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