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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Photodynamic therapy can be used to fight secondary infections in COVID-19 patients

Photodynamic therapy can be used to fight secondary infections in COVID-19 patients

JRC releases 2020 estimates on cancer burden in the EU

JRC releases 2020 estimates on cancer burden in the EU

Scientists want to know more about using UV light to fight COVID-19 spread

Scientists want to know more about using UV light to fight COVID-19 spread

Most parents may not properly protect children from getting burned, shows study

Most parents may not properly protect children from getting burned, shows study

Dermatopathologists influenced by malpractice and patient safety concerns when ordering multiple tests

Dermatopathologists influenced by malpractice and patient safety concerns when ordering multiple tests

Biological anti-tumor mechanism can provide long-term immune response against tumors

Biological anti-tumor mechanism can provide long-term immune response against tumors

Researchers develop bioprinted skin model of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

Researchers develop bioprinted skin model of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

New technique to sort out complex interactions unique to prostate cancer cells

New technique to sort out complex interactions unique to prostate cancer cells

Researchers discover marine alga from Kiel Fjord as potential remedy against infections, skin cancer

Researchers discover marine alga from Kiel Fjord as potential remedy against infections, skin cancer

Synoicum adareanum shows new possibilities for developing melanoma-specific drug

Synoicum adareanum shows new possibilities for developing melanoma-specific drug

Standard smartphone technology can be adapted to image skin lesions

Standard smartphone technology can be adapted to image skin lesions

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards $3.2 million to early-career physician-scientists

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards $3.2 million to early-career physician-scientists

Hairy human skin grown from pluripotent stem cells

Hairy human skin grown from pluripotent stem cells

Researchers test aluminum oxide crystal as a UV radiation sensor

Researchers test aluminum oxide crystal as a UV radiation sensor

Monoclonal antibody therapy achieves modest reduction in recurrence for patients with HER2-positive DCIS

Monoclonal antibody therapy achieves modest reduction in recurrence for patients with HER2-positive DCIS

New project launched to find novel treatments for rare genetic diseases

New project launched to find novel treatments for rare genetic diseases

Stand Up To Cancer hails FDA approval of new treatment option for aggressive prostate cancer

Stand Up To Cancer hails FDA approval of new treatment option for aggressive prostate cancer

Inherited genetic variations can alter progression of melanoma, indicates study

Inherited genetic variations can alter progression of melanoma, indicates study

Researchers report decline in cancer diagnoses due to COVID-19 crisis

Researchers report decline in cancer diagnoses due to COVID-19 crisis

Common allergy medicine may improve survival in patients with malignant melanoma

Common allergy medicine may improve survival in patients with malignant melanoma