Skin Cancer Essay

1118 Words Oct 16th, 2012 5 Pages
Informative Speech Outline
Topic: Skin Cancer

Thesis: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States but is highly curable if detected early and treated properly.

Specific Purpose: to inform the audience about the different kinds of skin cancer and what preventive measures you can take to protect yourself from skin cancer.

I. Introduction A. Do you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States; two million people are diagnosed annually. B. Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells caused by UV radiation from the sun and tanning beds. C. 1 in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. D. The risk for skin cancer is much higher for
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Squamous cell carcinoma is second most common type of skin cancer, after basal cell carcinoma. Squamous cell cancer spreads faster than basal cell cancer, but still is usually relatively slow-growing. It can spread (metastasize) to other locations, including internal organs.

1. Light-colored skin and a history of sun exposure is the main cause of this type of cancer. Men are affected more often than women. 2. Symptoms are a firm, red nodule that may bleed sometimes. A flat lesion with a scaly crust on your face, ears, neck, hands or arms 3. Unlike basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas can metastasize, or spread to other parts of the body.

C. Melanoma Skin Cancer is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, it kills one person per hour, these cancerous growths are most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. These tumors originate in the pigment-producing melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease. Often the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color or feel of a mole. 1. Fair-skinned people have a higher risk for melanoma 2. Melanoma is also more common in people who live in areas with large amounts of UV

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