Why do You need to Understand Skin Cancer?
I have had skin cancer. I had a large squamous cell carcinoma removed from my finger. It was almost to the bone and I am lucky to still have my finger and my hand.
Skin cancer can kill you.
Skin cancer is a disease that can occur in any individual.
The medical experts are unable to successfully reduce the chances of someone developing skin cancer because every year the statistics of cancer patients is increasing.
Although cancer is not as harmful as many of the other types of cancers, the cancerous cells do affect other normal cells and impair the normal functioning of the organs.
Cancer, no matter what type or where it originates, it can spread to the other organs.
A person who has skin cancer experiences a different type of discomfort because their skin is affected.
The skin cancer is divided into two types: benign and malignant.
The type of skin depends upon the origination of the cells: basal cells, squamous cells and melanoma.
In the United States, the incidence of skin cancer has become so high that almost 1 million people are prone to skin cancer every year.
The symptoms of skin cancer are not readily noticed, mainly because we ignore our bodies and do not do check our skin.
Initially, the cancer grows is the form of precancerous lesions. This tumor initially is not a cancer, but it can develop cancerous cells within.
Most skin tumors/lesions are actually benign and the treatment is easy. But if they are neglected and not monitored, they can become malignant. When the cancer has developed, it can spread to the other organs.
There are three main categories of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and melanoma.
Melanoma occurs less frequently than basal cell and squamous cell. Basal cell and Squamous cell account for almost 90% of the 3 skin cancer types.
Basal cell typically does not spread.
Squamous cell has the ability to spread to other parts of the body.
Melanoma can be deadly as it can very easily spread (metastasize).
Metastasizing means the cancerous cells spread to other organs.
Like the other types of cancer, you need to be aware of the symptoms of skin cancer, so it can be accurately diagnosed and the best treatment started ASAP.
If an early diagnosis is made by a doctor, then treatment is usually successful.
If the diagnosis is made too late, there may be no successful treatment options.
Squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other parts of the body and prove to be fatal.
Melanoma can spread rapidly to other parts of the body and become a life-threatening situation, leading to death.
Be smart. Check you skin monthly. If you notice any changes in the appearance of a mole or growth, see you doctor immediately.
It is better to be safe than sorry.
Skin Cancer (USA Today Health Reports: Diseases & Disorders)
by: Connie Goldsmith
publisher: Twenty-First Century Books (CT), published: 2010-08
sales rank: 1346696
price: $16.99 (new), $7.92 (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.
Cancer of the Skin: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2e
by: Darrell S. Rigel MD
publisher: Saunders, published: 2011-07-22
sales rank: 328778
price: $97.99 (new), $117.90 (used)
Online and in print, Cancer of the Skin, edited by Drs. Rigel, Robinson, Ross, Friedman, Cockerell, Lim, Stockfleth, and Kirkwood, is your complete, multimedia guide to early diagnosis and effective medical and surgical treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers. Thoroughly updated with 11 new chapters, this broad-based, comprehensive reference provides you with the latest information on clinical genetics and genomics of skin cancer, targeted therapy for melanoma, the Vitamin D debate concerning the risks and benefits of sun exposure, and other timely topics. A new, multi-disciplinary team of contributors and editors comprised of leading experts in this field offers truly diverse perspectives and worldwide best practices. The complete text-including 900 full-color, downloadable images and 6 procedural videos-can be accessed online at www.expertconsult.com.
- Broaden your understanding of all aspects of skin cancer-from the underlying biology to clinical manifestations of the disease to diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment-with this easy-to-use, comprehensive, multimedia reference.
- See conditions as they appear in practice with guidance from detailed full-color images and step-by-step procedural videos.
- Stay current with the latest advancements and therapies! 11 new chapters cover clinical genetics and genomics of skin cancer, targeted therapy for melanoma, the Vitamin D debate concerning the risks and benefits of sun exposure, and other essential topics.
- Get truly diverse perspectives and worldwide best practices from a new, multi-disciplinary team of contributors and editors comprised of the world’s leading experts
Access the complete text online-including image bank and video library-at www.expertconsult.com
Diagnose skin cancer effectively using a multimedia reference with a multi-disciplinary approach and the latest content and techniques.
by: Keyvan Nouri
publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional, published: 2007-11-06
price: $69.66 (new)
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
How To Check Yourself For Skin Cancer
Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from elunder and more videos in the First Aid category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at www.howcast.com or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at www.howcast.com Most dermatologists recommend examining your skin once a month to become familiar with what it looks like normally—so you´ll be able to recognize something that´s abnormal. And since skin cancer is curable if caught in an early stage, your life just might depend on it. To complete this How-To you will need: A full-length mirror A handheld mirror Good lighting A camera (optional) A blow-dryer (optional) Step 1: Look for ABCD´s Familiarize yourself with the ABCD´s—that is, asymmetry, border, color, and diameter. Moles or birthmarks that are asymmetrical, have a jagged or irregular border, are blotchy or not all one color, or are bigger than about the size of a pencil eraser should be seen by a doctor. Step 2: Check after bathing Check yourself immediately after bathing so you´re clean—and naked. It is important to check your entire body. Step 3: Examine hands Examine your hands, including your palms and fingernails. Step 4: Use full-length mirror Use the full-length mirror to inspect your arms, elbows, and underarms. Tip: Take pictures of moles or birthmarks so that you´ll have something to reference if someday you´re unsure whether the …
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