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  • Actinic Keratosis (a precancerous condition)

    Actinic Keratosis (A Precancerous Condition) What is actinic keratosis? Actinic keratosis, also known as a solar keratosis , is a scaly or crusty bump that arises on the skin surface. The base may be...

  • Anatomy of the Skin

    Anatomy of the Skin Click Image to Enlarge Facts about the skin The skin is the body's largest organ, covering the entire body. In addition to serving as a protective shield against heat, light, inju...

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma

    Basal Cell Carcinoma What is basal cell carcinoma? Basal cell cancer, a type of non-melanoma skin cancer, usually appears as a small, fleshy bump or nodule on the head, neck, or hands. Occasionally, ...

  • Causes of Skin Cancer

    Causes of Skin Cancer Although there are other contributing factors, exposure to sunlight and its ultraviolet (UV)radiation is the major cause of skin cancer. Listed in the directory below, you will ...

  • Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

    Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma What is cutaneous T-cell lymphoma? Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is a disease caused when T-lymphocytes become malignant and affect the skin. T-lymphocytes are the infection-fig...

  • Diagnosis and Staging of Melanoma

    Diagnosis and Staging of Melanoma How is melanoma diagnosed? Medical examinations and tests are used to determine if a suspicious area is melanoma skin cancer. In addition to a complete medical histo...

  • Effects of UV Exposure

    Effects of Ultraviolet (UV) Exposure What are the effects of UV exposure? Exposure to UV rays is linked to a number of harmful health conditions, including the following: Skin cancer Consider the fol...

  • Facts About Skin Cancer

    Facts About Skin Cancer Facts about skin cancer Skin cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in the skin cells. According to the latest statistics available from the American Cancer Society and the Ce...

  • Glossary - Skin Cancer

    Glossary - Skin Cancer | A | | B | | C | | D | | E | | F | | G | | H | | I | | J | | K | | L | | M | | N | | O | | P | | Q | | R | | S | | T | | U | | V | | W | | X | | Y | | Z | A [return to top] Ac...

  • Home Page - Skin Cancer

    Topic Index Anatomy of the Skin Facts About Skin Cancer Causes of Skin Cancer Types of Skin Cancer Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Actinic Keratosis (A Precancerous Skin Condition) Treatments for Skin Canc...

  • Melanoma

    Melanoma What is melanoma? Melanoma is a disease of the skin in which cancer cells are found in the melanocytes, the cells that produce color in the skin or pigment known as melanin. Melanoma usually...

  • Merkel Cell Cancer

    Merkel Cell Cancer What is Merkel cell cancer? Merkel cell cancer is also known as neuroendocrine cancer of the skin, or trabecular cancer. Characterized by firm, shiny skin lumps, this rare cancer d...

  • Online Resources - Skin Cancer

    Online Resources - Skin Cancer This Web was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advic...

  • Other Causes and Risk Factors For Skin Cancer

    Other Causes and Risk Factors For Skin Cancer What does tanning do to the skin? Tanning is the skin's response to ultraviolet (UV) light - a protective reaction to prevent further injury to the skin ...

  • Other Types of Skin Cancer: Kaposi's Sarcoma

    Other Types of Skin Cancer: Kaposi's Sarcoma What is Kaposi's sarcoma? Kaposi's sarcoma is a cancer that starts in the skin's blood vessels. Kaposi's sarcoma comes in two forms: a slow-growing form, ...

  • Preventing Skin Cancer

    Preventing Skin Cancer Prevention of skin cancer The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has declared war on skin cancer by recommending these three preventive steps: W ear protective clothing, inc...

  • Skin Self-Examination

    Skin Self-Examination How to perform a skin self-examination Finding suspicious moles or skin cancer early is the key to treating skin cancer successfully. A skin self-examination is usually the firs...

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma What is squamous cell carcinoma? Squamous cell skin cancer (sometimes referred to as a type of non-melanoma skin cancer) may appear as nodules, or as red, scaly patches of ski...

  • Sunscreens

    Sunscreens What are sunscreens? Sunscreens protect the skin against sunburns. Sunscreens also play an important role in blocking the penetration of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which damages the skin ...

  • Topic Index - Skin Cancer

    Topic Index - Skin Cancer Skin Cancer Home Anatomy of the Skin Facts About Skin Cancer Causes of Skin Cancer Ultraviolet Radiation UV Exposure Categories Effects of UV Exposure Other Causes and Risk ...

  • Treating Sun-Damaged Skin

    Treating Sun-Damaged Skin What is photoaging? Excessive exposure to the sun early in life can make a person look older than he or she really is. Premature wrinkling and skin damage from sun exposure ...

  • Treatment for Skin Cancer

    Treatment for Skin Cancer Specific treatment for skin cancer will be determined by your physician based on: Your age, overall health, and medical history Location and extent of the disease Your toler...

  • Types of Skin Cancer

    Types of Skin Cancer M any types of skin cancer require the clinical care of a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief ...

  • Ultraviolet Radiation

    Ultraviolet Radiation What is ultraviolet radiation? Energy from the sun reaches the earth as visible, infrared, and ultraviolet (UV) rays. Ultraviolet A (UVA) is made up of wavelengths 320 to 400 na...

  • UV Exposure Categories

    UV (Ultraviolet) Exposure Categories What is the UV Index? In response to the increasing incidence of skin cancer, cataracts, and other effects from exposure to the sun's harmful rays, the National W...