Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer. The unfortunate part of skin cancer is that several common causes of this cancer are due to bad habits that could potentially be avoided. It is important to know the signs of possible skin cancer growth and to get immediate help if unsure. Being aware of new or changing spots on your body can be the difference between treating skin cancer and the spread of severe cancerous cells.
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. Basically, when unrepaired DNA damages skin cells, it triggers mutations or genetic defects that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly. As the cells multiply, they start to form a mass known as a tumor. There are three major types of skin cancers to be aware of:
- basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
- squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
3 Major Types of Skin Cancer
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