Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. It occurs in more than a million people each year, including many older people. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Of the three, melanoma is the most serious. Skin cancer occurs when abnormal cells form and multiply in an uncontrolled way in the epidermis, or abnormal cells from the epidermis invade the dermis of the skin. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma are skin cancers that are named for the epidermal cells from which they develop.
What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among light skinned individuals. It is the commonest cancer in the United States and in Australia. Each year, about one million people are diagnosed with this cancer. In 85 percent of these cases, the skin damage leading to the cancer occurs before an individual is 18.

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Obesity-related cancer deaths are declining at a slower pace, shows study

Obesity-related cancer deaths are declining at a slower pace, shows study

Study describes differences between mutation profile of acral nevi and acral melanoma

Study describes differences between mutation profile of acral nevi and acral melanoma

Researchers use 3-D bioprinting to create custom-shaped cartilage for use in surgical procedures

Researchers use 3-D bioprinting to create custom-shaped cartilage for use in surgical procedures

Disparities exist in colorectal cancer screenings, study finds

Disparities exist in colorectal cancer screenings, study finds

Researchers address the importance of increasing efforts to limit indoor tanning among minors

Researchers address the importance of increasing efforts to limit indoor tanning among minors

FDA approves clinical trials to test the safety of cancer-detection technology

FDA approves clinical trials to test the safety of cancer-detection technology

New recipients for the 2021 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards announced

New recipients for the 2021 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards announced

Campaign informing about risk of tanning should consider people’s resistance to message

Campaign informing about risk of tanning should consider people’s resistance to message

Commonly used drug for neuromuscular diseases could also help prevent certain skin cancers

Commonly used drug for neuromuscular diseases could also help prevent certain skin cancers

Melanoma mortality is higher in Utah than in any other state, shows report

Melanoma mortality is higher in Utah than in any other state, shows report

Increased incidence of melanoma in Utah points to overdiagnosis

Increased incidence of melanoma in Utah points to overdiagnosis

Study indicates an amyloid link between melanoma and Parkinson’s disease

Study indicates an amyloid link between melanoma and Parkinson’s disease

New research could rescue failed immunotherapies for treating solid tumors

New research could rescue failed immunotherapies for treating solid tumors

Military exposed to toxic fumes from burn pits set to get bipartisan boost

Military exposed to toxic fumes from burn pits set to get bipartisan boost

New screening method detects cancer biomarkers more effectively

New screening method detects cancer biomarkers more effectively

Study identifies NCOA3 as a novel therapeutic target for melanoma

Study identifies NCOA3 as a novel therapeutic target for melanoma

Study uncovers new biomarkers in patients with malignant melanoma

Study uncovers new biomarkers in patients with malignant melanoma

Over-expression of LRRN4CL gene linked to metastasis of certain cancers to the lungs

Over-expression of LRRN4CL gene linked to metastasis of certain cancers to the lungs

Chaotic genetic changes drive the growth of melanomas

Chaotic genetic changes drive the growth of melanomas

New grant from Prevent Cancer Foundation will support the fight against melanoma

New grant from Prevent Cancer Foundation will support the fight against melanoma