Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with nearly one in five Americans developing some form of it within their lifetime.
Most cases of skin cancer are related to sun exposure. Higher risk factors for skin cancer include a lighter natural skin and hair color, blue or green eyes, family history of skin cancer, frequent exposure to the sun and a history of sunburns.
The two most common types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, often resulting from years of repeated sun exposure. These spots appear as pink or flesh-colored bumps that may bleed, and can be shiny or scaly.
The third most common type of skin cancer is melanoma, which can spread to other parts of the body and can be life-threatening. When detected early, melanoma is highly treatable. These spots can appear as dark brown or black, and could begin as an existing mole that changes in appearance.
The key to successfully treating skin cancer is early detection and proper treatment. Make an appointment for your full body skin exam today.
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