What are the Causes and Effects of Skin Cancer?
Like all types of cancer, skin cancer is caused when the cells are exposed to some external environmental condition.
This causes the cells or more specifically the genes in the cell to mutate and reproduce in an out of control manner. In many cases of cancer it is not always clear what the actual environmental condition or conditions were that caused the cancer.
It may not be just one condition that promotes the cancer growth and this makes it harder to prevent the development of the disease.
In all most every case of skin cancer, the environmental condition is thought to be from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. The most common source of ultraviolet radiation is sunlight.
Some people are more exposed to sunlight than others and never appear to develop skin cancers. Some people are more sensitive to the ultraviolet radiation than others and they develop some type of skin cancer.
This is based on the amount of melanin in the body. Melanin is the body’s natural defense against the sun. Melanin turns the skin brown to prevent it from burning.
People with lower amounts of melanin will have a lighter color skin. The skin will typically turn red rather than brown and will burn before it tans.
People with pale skin or blue eyes and fair hair are more likely to burn in the sun and this suggests that they have been exposed to too much ultraviolet radiation.
You can still be susceptible to skin cancer, if there is a family history of developing the disease.
The effects of skin cancer can vary.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It will often look like a mark on the skin that could be either brown or red.
It might be either raised from the skin or flat to begin with. It generally does not spread and is considered to be a benign form of cancer.
It can develop anywhere on the body, but mainly on those areas that are directly exposed to the sunlight.
Squamous cell carcinoma is another form of skin cancer that is normally found on parts of the body that are exposed to sunlight.
It does not always spread from the original location, but it is much more likely to spread than basal cell.
If it does spread, it will typically only spread to surrounding cells. If it appears on the surface of the skin, you will notice an area that is brown or red and that it starts to get larger over time.
Melanomas are the third type of skin cancer. This is the most serious and rarest form of skin cancer.
Melanomas can develop anywhere on the body.
It is not uncommon to find a melanoma in parts of the body that are not normally exposed to the sun, like the feet.
These growths could take the form of a brown spot that gets larger or simply a lump under the skin.
Melanomas can be malignant. This means that they will continue to grow in a random fashion at an uncontrolled rate.
This becomes a very serious problem when the melanoma becomes invasive. When this happens, the tumor spreads and interferes with the surrounding tissues and organs to the extent that it can destroy them or stop them functioning properly.
Skin cancer is a serious health issue. Depending on where the cancer starts or if it spreads or metastasizes, can make it extremely hard to treat and it can become potentially life threatening.
You must limit your exposure to sunlight and other forms of ultraviolet radiation, which is the best preventative care you can take.
You should get your skin checked by your doctor.
If you notice any new or unusual moles or spots on your skin or if you have a sore that does not heal, you must see a doctor.
100 Questions & Answers about Melanoma & Other Skin Cancers
by: Edward F. McClay
publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., published: 2003-04
sales rank: 894452
price: $5.00 (new), $0.01 (used)
This book deals with skin cancer from a doctor’s and a patient’s perspective.
What You Need To Know About: Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers
by: National Cancer Institute
sales rank: 367527
This booklet is for people diagnosed with the most common types of skin cancer like Melanoma, Basal cell skin cancer and Squamous cell skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Each year, more than 68,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, and another 48,000 are diagnosed with an early form of the disease that involves only the top layer of skin. Also, more than 2 million people are treated for basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer each year. Basal cell skin cancer is several times more common than squamous cell skin cancer. Learning about medical care for skin cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.
This booklet tells about, diagnosis and staging, treatment, follow-up care, how to prevent another skin cancer from forming, and how to do a skin self-exam.
by: Keyvan Nouri
publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional, published: 2007-11-06
sales rank: 1305713
price: $31.22 (new), $13.97 (used)
The ultimate all-in-one guide to diagnosing and treating skin cancer
A Doody’s Core Title ESSENTIAL PURCHASE!
4 STAR DOODY’S REVIEW!
“This excellent comprehensive book covers all types of skin cancer, their clinical presentation, the genetic alterations leading to particular tumors, and treatment. The clinical color photographs for the most part are of fine quality. The histology is shown side by side with the clinical findings. Shaded summary boxes highlight the salient points for those who wish a quick read through the book….Everyone will enjoy the thorough coverage of the diagnosis and management of skin cancer in this book. I highly recommend it be purchased by any physician caring for patients with skin cancer. The abundant illustrations are of high quality.”–Doody’s Review Service
“This all-inclusive textbook contains the most comprehensive, up-to-date and detailed information on any topic related to skin cancer….It could serve as the main resource for any physician for years to come.”–Perry Robins, MD, President, Skin Cancer Foundation (from the foreword)
Comprehensive in scope, yet precise in its approach, this superbly illustrated text is a must-have clinical companion for any dermatology practice. Skin Cancer carefully takes you through every important step in the diagnosis and clinical management of skin cancer conditions.
Skin Cancer begins with an incisive discussion of both normal and aging skin, and the incidences and causes of skin cancer. Next, you’ll get a thorough look at all types of skin cancer–followed by a section on treating cancer in various patient populations, including non-white populations, children, and pregnant women. The book concludes with in-depth sections on skin cancer prevention–covering critical topics such as skin cancer vaccines and chemoprevention of skin cancer–in addition to the medicolegal and economic issues related to skin cancer.
- The complete A-to-Z guide to skin cancer, offering a clear understanding of skin cancer epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, future directions, and medicolegal and psychosocial aspects
- More than 450 illustrations
- State-of-the-art coverage of biopsy techniques, dermoscopy and mole mapping, surgical excision, reconstructive surgery of eye lid cancers and skin cancer defects, and more
- Consistent outlines of chapters within a section that summarize chapter material
- Key points that introduce the start of each major section within a chapter
- Numerous easy-to-use tables and boxes
Skin Cancer (USA Today Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders)
by: Connie Goldsmith
publisher: Twenty First Century Books, published: 2010-08
sales rank: 1390239
price: $22.84 (new), $9.98 (used)
Each year, more than one million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, and it affects people of all ages. Indeed, a headline from USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, says, “Milder skin cancers [are] becoming more common among young [people]; consequences could lie ahead.” An estimated 8,650 people die each year from melanoma,
the deadliest form of skin cancer. The good news is that the vast majority of skin cancers can be completely cured if discovered early enough.
In this book, you’ll read case studies of people with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma and learn how these skin cancers develop. You’ll also discover the risk factors for skin cancer and information on how to prevent it, giving the facts you need to know to protect yourself, your friends, and your family from this most common of all cancers.
Sun Safety – Spotting skin cancer (5min 25sec)
Outdoor workers have a higher risk for developing skin cancer. This program will help this group learn the facts about skin cancer and find out ways to protect themselves. Through simple language and practical demonstration, outdoor workers will find out: • Who is at risk for skin cancer • When sun protection is needed • Safe, easy ways to protect against the sun • What skin cancers look like • What to do if a suspicious mole or spot is found For further information, visit: www.dermatology.ca/outdoorworkers
Understanding Basal Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer #4)
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How to Identify Skin Cancer : Signs of Melanoma Carcinoma Skin Cancer
Learn how to recognize the signs of melanoma carcinoma skin cancer in this free health care video. Expert: Dr. Susan Jewell Bio: Dr. Susan Jewell is a British born educated bilingual Asian with a British accent and can speak Cantonese. Filmmaker: Susan Jewell