Skin Cancer Essay

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The Causes and Symptoms of Skin Cancer The Causes and symptoms of Skin Cancer While tanning beds and extreme use/exposure to UV rays are ways to get skin cancer, there are also various other ways to get it. Many don’t know that genetics and traits can actually play a huge role in developing this dangerous disease. They also don’t know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. today. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation more people over the last 300 years have had skin cancer than all of the other cancers combined. They say that one in five people develop skin cancer throughout their lifetime; some surviving, some moribund. Skin cancer starts in the outermost layer of skin called the epidermis. The epidermis…show more content…
Basal cell carcinoma treatment is very important because it can eventually grow deeper into your skin and destroy the tissue and/ or bone (Carucci JA, 2013). It usually looks like a raised, smooth, pearly bump on sun-exposed skin of the head, neck shoulders or back of hands. BCC is often mistaken for a sore that does not heal. (Staff, Skin Cancer Causes, 2012). Squamous Cell Cancer (SCC) is the next most common type of skin cancer. It accounts for about fifteen to twenty percent of skin cancers in individuals. SCC is two times as frequent in men as women and usually catches up with the victim at an older age. If the amount of sun/UV ray/lamp exposure is extremely great, it is possible to get it while at a young age also. Almost all of squamous cell carcinomas result from extreme exposure to UV rays, the sun, and/or lamps (Staff, Skin Cancer Causes, 2012). It is possible to get squamous cell carcinoma on any part of your body. A common place for women to get SCC is on their legs. Some types of SCC look like a common, well-defined, thick, red, scaly patch/ bump on one’s skin. If it is left untreated, it can form into a big mass and possibly spread to other parts of the body (Michael S Lehrer, 2013). The least common, yet most harmful, type of skin cancer is called malignant melanoma. It accounts for less than ten percent of skin cancers in individuals. This type of cancer can and most likely will kill a victim if not found earlier in a cancer

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