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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.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Detailed information on basal cell carcinoma, including risk factors and how the disease develops

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Detailed information on squamous cell carcinoma, including risk factors and places this type of cancer is typically found on the body

Merkel Cell Cancer

Detailed information on merkel cell cancer, including diagnosis 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.

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

Deciding on Treatment

FDA-Approved Drugs

The following drugs have been approved since the year 2000 for the treatment of skin cancer.

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

How Can I Prevent or Detect Skin Cancer?

Stay out of the sun when your shadow is shorter than you are (usually 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.). Avoiding excessive sun exposure is important in preventing skin cancers.

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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