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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Antibiotics may be the new weapon to fight against melanoma

Antibiotics may be the new weapon to fight against melanoma

Millions of COVID-19 cases went undetected in the first  six months of the pandemic, finds study

Millions of COVID-19 cases went undetected in the first six months of the pandemic, finds study

Scientists discover potential marker for the success of immunotherapy in lung cancer patients

Scientists discover potential marker for the success of immunotherapy in lung cancer patients

Skin pigmentation mechanism confers major protection against UV-related cancers

Skin pigmentation mechanism confers major protection against UV-related cancers

New sweat-proof “electronic skin” reliably monitors individual health even during perspiration

New sweat-proof “electronic skin” reliably monitors individual health even during perspiration

EORTC partners with Pierre Fabre to support patients with stage 2 melanoma

EORTC partners with Pierre Fabre to support patients with stage 2 melanoma

Discovery provides new target to make melanomas more vulnerable to anti-cancer treatments

Discovery provides new target to make melanomas more vulnerable to anti-cancer treatments

Can a subscription model fix primary care in the US?

Can a subscription model fix primary care in the US?

Researchers to develop new technology to detect and remove cancer tumors

Researchers to develop new technology to detect and remove cancer tumors

New electromechanical device can help detect skin disorders non-invasively

New electromechanical device can help detect skin disorders non-invasively

Researcher from Hollings Cancer Center wins Melanoma Research Alliance grant

Researcher from Hollings Cancer Center wins Melanoma Research Alliance grant

Combination approach can improve the success rate of cancer treatment

Combination approach can improve the success rate of cancer treatment

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