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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New pioneering test helps predict the spread of deadly skin cancer

New pioneering test helps predict the spread of deadly skin cancer

New insights into molecular mechanisms that underpin the body's natural defenses against skin cancer

New insights into molecular mechanisms that underpin the body's natural defenses against skin cancer

High-fiber diet helps melanoma patients to respond better to immunotherapy

High-fiber diet helps melanoma patients to respond better to immunotherapy

AI-driven medical imaging may help fight against rectal cancer

AI-driven medical imaging may help fight against rectal cancer

New safe, painless diagnostic tool for detecting breast cancer

New safe, painless diagnostic tool for detecting breast cancer

AI identifies patterns on CT scans that offer new promise for treating small cell lung cancer

AI identifies patterns on CT scans that offer new promise for treating small cell lung cancer

Study identifies key factor sustaining malignant tumor state

Study identifies key factor sustaining malignant tumor state

UCLA-developed new "virtual histology" technology may reduce need for skin biopsies

UCLA-developed new "virtual histology" technology may reduce need for skin biopsies

Young adults with cancer may require different treatments than older patients

Young adults with cancer may require different treatments than older patients

Scientists develop new approach to combat treatment-resistant melanoma

Scientists develop new approach to combat treatment-resistant melanoma

Immune cell patterns can help predict if kidney cancer patients will respond to immunotherapy

Immune cell patterns can help predict if kidney cancer patients will respond to immunotherapy

Study identifies how cancer cells transform macrophages into supporters of their growth

Study identifies how cancer cells transform macrophages into supporters of their growth

Discovery could help develop a new treatment strategy for patients with melanoma

Discovery could help develop a new treatment strategy for patients with melanoma

Zinc oxide in sunscreens destroys UVA protection during sun exposure

Zinc oxide in sunscreens destroys UVA protection during sun exposure

Impact of BRCA1 mRNA expression on survival of patients breast and colorectal cancer

Impact of BRCA1 mRNA expression on survival of patients breast and colorectal cancer

Deadly subtype of T-cell lymphoma harbors unique mutations

Deadly subtype of T-cell lymphoma harbors unique mutations

Protecting the ozone layer could prevent cancer cases and other diseases in the U.S

Protecting the ozone layer could prevent cancer cases and other diseases in the U.S

Psychological therapy alleviates adverse biobehavioral effects in young adult testicular cancer survivors

Psychological therapy alleviates adverse biobehavioral effects in young adult testicular cancer survivors

CAR-T cells require an abundance of antigens to efficiently kill solid tumors

CAR-T cells require an abundance of antigens to efficiently kill solid tumors

Antiviral activity of wheat germ Agglutinin against SARS-CoV-2

Antiviral activity of wheat germ Agglutinin against SARS-CoV-2