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 evaluates the tumor-modulatory effects of opsins on melanoma cancer

Study evaluates the tumor-modulatory effects of opsins on melanoma cancer

Terminally exhausted T cells may remain competent for transcription, researchers say

Terminally exhausted T cells may remain competent for transcription, researchers say

Skin cancer is a risk no matter the skin tone. But it may be overlooked in people with dark skin.

Skin cancer is a risk no matter the skin tone. But it may be overlooked in people with dark skin.

'RNA fishing' technique identifies several proteins involved in the progression of melanoma

'RNA fishing' technique identifies several proteins involved in the progression of melanoma

RINVOQ® (upadacitinib) Approved by European Commission as an Oral Treatment for Adults with Active Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis

RINVOQ® (upadacitinib) Approved by European Commission as an Oral Treatment for Adults with Active Non-Radiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis

Discovery about how a certain protein is activated in tumor cells could lead to better treatments

Discovery about how a certain protein is activated in tumor cells could lead to better treatments

Experts propose a roadmap for the development of human-free sunscreen testing

Experts propose a roadmap for the development of human-free sunscreen testing

New material for surgical dressings can be heated to kill melanoma cells but not other cells around it

New material for surgical dressings can be heated to kill melanoma cells but not other cells around it

Researchers find a way to kill recurring prostate cancer with a lot of iron

Researchers find a way to kill recurring prostate cancer with a lot of iron

Comprehensive atlas of genetic data on zebrafish will benefit medical and life science researchers

Comprehensive atlas of genetic data on zebrafish will benefit medical and life science researchers

How to get rid of medical debt — or avoid it in the first place

How to get rid of medical debt — or avoid it in the first place

AI-based smartphone apps to spot skin cancer endanger the public, experts warn

AI-based smartphone apps to spot skin cancer endanger the public, experts warn

New molecular information could help develop more effective treatments for melanoma

New molecular information could help develop more effective treatments for melanoma

Medical societies publish guidelines on how to treat pre-invasive lesions of the vulva

Medical societies publish guidelines on how to treat pre-invasive lesions of the vulva

Melanoma rates are on the rise in Canada, study reveals

Melanoma rates are on the rise in Canada, study reveals

Combination drug strategy activates natural killer cell-mediated immunity to attack tumors

Combination drug strategy activates natural killer cell-mediated immunity to attack tumors

Researchers create first bona fide mouse model of Merkel cell carcinoma

Researchers create first bona fide mouse model of Merkel cell carcinoma

Recently born generations of older adults more likely to have multiple chronic health conditions

Recently born generations of older adults more likely to have multiple chronic health conditions

Eating higher levels of fish may be linked to greater risk of malignant melanoma

Eating higher levels of fish may be linked to greater risk of malignant melanoma

Researchers reveal a possible biological mechanism connecting breast cancer and type 2 diabetes

Researchers reveal a possible biological mechanism connecting breast cancer and type 2 diabetes