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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Study: Direct and repetitive irradiation with 222nm UVC does not cause skin cancer

Study: Direct and repetitive irradiation with 222nm UVC does not cause skin cancer

New type of immunotherapy shows promise for future treatment of ovarian cancer

New type of immunotherapy shows promise for future treatment of ovarian cancer

Immunotherapy treatment shows promise for some patients with advanced rare cancers

Immunotherapy treatment shows promise for some patients with advanced rare cancers

Cream infused with microscopic STAR particles could facilitate better treatment of skin diseases

Cream infused with microscopic STAR particles could facilitate better treatment of skin diseases

Machine learning has potential to enhance the diagnosis of mastitis infections in cows

Machine learning has potential to enhance the diagnosis of mastitis infections in cows

Molecule-sized drills can target diseased cells and kill them in minutes

Molecule-sized drills can target diseased cells and kill them in minutes

AI helps reveal apparent cellular distinctions between black and white cancer patients

AI helps reveal apparent cellular distinctions between black and white cancer patients

Antidepressant shows promise in helping men with recurrent prostate cancer

Antidepressant shows promise in helping men with recurrent prostate cancer

Study: Bereaved individuals face higher risk of dying from melanoma

Study: Bereaved individuals face higher risk of dying from melanoma

Researchers detect a novel cause of acquired lipodystrophy

Researchers detect a novel cause of acquired lipodystrophy

Blocking immune T-cell regulator may help boost tumor killing, study shows

Blocking immune T-cell regulator may help boost tumor killing, study shows

New compound could improve the success rate of photodynamic therapy

New compound could improve the success rate of photodynamic therapy

IU researcher identifies new genomic regions that increase skin cancer risk

IU researcher identifies new genomic regions that increase skin cancer risk

Sexual orientation affects skin cancer risk in the USA

Sexual orientation affects skin cancer risk in the USA

Skin cancer rates found to be higher among gay and bisexual men

Skin cancer rates found to be higher among gay and bisexual men

Skin cancer-detecting apps could be missing diagnoses finds study

Skin cancer-detecting apps could be missing diagnoses finds study

Tips to care for your skin during menopause

Tips to care for your skin during menopause

Novel method to spot melanoma may save lives

Novel method to spot melanoma may save lives

Study: Smartphone apps for skin cancer diagnosis are poorly regulated and unreliable

Study: Smartphone apps for skin cancer diagnosis are poorly regulated and unreliable

UArizona receives $6.9 million grant to make advances in skin cancer prevention and treatment

UArizona receives $6.9 million grant to make advances in skin cancer prevention and treatment