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May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. In fact, it accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.

Different Types of Skin Cancer

Non-melanoma skin cancers begin in the basal cells or squamous cells and mostly develop on sun-exposed surfaces such as the face and neck. If detected and treated early, these cancers are highly curable.

Melanoma, which involves melanocyte cells, is far more dangerous than other skin cancers. Some forms are curable if found early on. If the disease advances, the prognosis becomes more negative. According to, melanoma accounts for less than five percent of skin cancer cases, but it causes more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths. That is why it is vital to understand what causes skin cancer and to get regular screenings.

Skin Cancer Causes/Risk Factors

Summer is just around the corner and exposure to ultraviolet radiation, such as that found in sunlight and tanning beds, is the leading cause of skin cancer. Make sure you apply sunscreen before heading outside and, as a rule of thumb, you should just stay away from tanning beds.

Fair-skinned people and those with close family members who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing the disease and should take extra care to protect their skin.

Drexel Dermatology

Drexel Dermatology offers comprehensive services for all skin care conditions including skin cancer, cosmetic dermatology, moles and birthmarks, pediatric dermatology, and any other skin related concerns.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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