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Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma)

Nonmelanoma skin cancer is, by far, the most common type of cancer. There are two main types: squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Skin cancers are most often caused by sun exposure, so they're likely to appear on the face, head, neck, shoulders, or back. Skin cancer symptoms can include a bump that is red or pearly white, or a patch of skin that bleeds, crusts over, or doesn't heal. This type of skin cancer is usually not life threatening, but should be treated promptly. Make sure to get any skin cancer symptoms checked by a doctor.

Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma) News

  • Fans of Reality Beauty Shows Twice as Likely to Tan: Study

    People who tune in to reality beauty shows on television are much more likely to use tanning lamps and to tan outdoors than those who don’t watch such shows, a new study finds. Indoor and outdoor tanning increase the risk of skin cancer, experts note.

  • New Video Demonstrates Skin Cancer Self-Exam

    A new video that instructs people how to do a self-examination for skin cancer has been released by the American Academy of Dermatology. “Checking your skin for skin cancer only requires your eyes and a mirror. Involving a partner adds another set of eyes, which is especially helpful when checking the back and other hard-to-see areas,” Dr. Thomas Rohrer, a dermatologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Mass., said in news release from the academy. “Examining your skin only takes a few minutes, but it could save your life.”

  • Common Skin Cancer a Chronic Condition, Study Says

    By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 2 (HealthDay News) — Here’s yet another reason to go easy on the tanning this summer: A new study affirms that basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, should be viewed as a chronic disease. That’s because once most people have a single occurrence, they are at [...]

  • Coffee May Cut Your Risk for Common Form of Skin Cancer

    By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) — Yet another report points to the possible health benefits of caffeine, whether it comes in coffee, tea, cola or even chocolate. A study published July 1 in the journal Cancer Research suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee could lower the chances of developing basal cell carcinoma, the [...]

  • Parental Abuse, Neglect Linked to Increased Skin Cancer Risk

    By Denise MannHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that early childhood abuse and neglect may raise the risk for recurring skin cancer later in life. According to the findings, early childhood neglect and maltreatment by parents may actually trigger a lowered immune response that lasts a lifetime. This may make a person [...]

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