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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UV light induces new types of DNA damage that may cause malignant melanoma

UV light induces new types of DNA damage that may cause malignant melanoma

Researchers propose a non-invasive, accurate method for melanoma detection

Researchers propose a non-invasive, accurate method for melanoma detection

A new method to improve the preclinical evaluation of CAR T cell therapies

A new method to improve the preclinical evaluation of CAR T cell therapies

Older men are underdiagnosed and undertreated for osteoporosis

Older men are underdiagnosed and undertreated for osteoporosis

Repurposing an anxiety drug to increase the efficacy of therapies for metastatic melanoma

Repurposing an anxiety drug to increase the efficacy of therapies for metastatic melanoma

Study shows active surveillance to be safe for African American men with low-risk prostate cancer

Study shows active surveillance to be safe for African American men with low-risk prostate cancer

Two studies find age as a primary factor in melanoma treatment resistance

Two studies find age as a primary factor in melanoma treatment resistance

Urbanization leads to a huge decrease in skin bacterial diversity

Urbanization leads to a huge decrease in skin bacterial diversity

Moffitt researchers find immune-oncologic differences in prostate tumors of African American men

Moffitt researchers find immune-oncologic differences in prostate tumors of African American men

Study findings may help identify new targets to inhibit spread of melanoma

Study findings may help identify new targets to inhibit spread of melanoma

Patients with soft-tissue cancer show rapid and complete response to novel combination of immunotherapy

Patients with soft-tissue cancer show rapid and complete response to novel combination of immunotherapy

Novel findings on mole growth could pave way for skin cancer treatments

Novel findings on mole growth could pave way for skin cancer treatments

Ludwig study uncovers a nutritional approach to improve cancer immunotherapy

Ludwig study uncovers a nutritional approach to improve cancer immunotherapy

UCLA researchers receive $13 million NIH grant to combat melanoma

UCLA researchers receive $13 million NIH grant to combat melanoma

Study shows effectiveness of UV-C light for killing COVID-19 on N95 respirators

Study shows effectiveness of UV-C light for killing COVID-19 on N95 respirators

Hannover and Rostock team up to develop non-invasive optical melanoma diagnostics

Hannover and Rostock team up to develop non-invasive optical melanoma diagnostics

Researcher describes a new approach to study the process of wound healing

Researcher describes a new approach to study the process of wound healing

CERN and CHUV team up to develop conceptual design of innovative radiotherapy facility

CERN and CHUV team up to develop conceptual design of innovative radiotherapy facility

Combining nanotechnology with immunotherapy to fight deadly metastatic breast cancer

Combining nanotechnology with immunotherapy to fight deadly metastatic breast cancer

Researchers receive $2.5 million grant to develop and analyze breast tumor organoids

Researchers receive $2.5 million grant to develop and analyze breast tumor organoids