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Of all different kinds of cancer skin cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States Skin cancer is a disease which cancer cells are found on the outer layers of the skin Your skin protects the body from heat infection light injury and infection It also stores fat water and vitamin D The skin has two layers and several different kinds of cells With a certain lifestyle these cells can become cancerousProdigy Web Browser An Introduction to skin Cancer NET 1997 Melanoma is associated with the highest case-fatality rate of all skin cancersMortality and Morbility Weekly Report Vol 45No 17 MMWR 1996 Numerous studies have delineated the natural history of skin cancers Some cell carcinomas tend to grow and invade slowly and steadily Certain subtypes are more aggressive and certain sites of occurrence scalp shoulders and nose are associated with worse cases Malignant melanoma may have a thin stage in which survival rates are excellent The length of thin or radial growth phase may be months to years If untreated at some point melanoma enters a quick growth phase When this occurs the survival rates plummetBrandt 1996 Skin Cancer can be avoided A change in lifestyle can reduce the risk of skin cancer This includes awareness of the reality of skin cancer avoiding the sun and self- examination and screening Most of the time when people think of a serious disease they think of things like lung cancer heart disease sexually transmitted diseases and other hot topic diseases of that nature Skin cancer awareness and the seriousness of skin cancer is far less emphasized The MMWR did a survey of knowledge of and awareness about melanoma in the united states in 1995 In 1996 an estimated 38300 cases of melanoma were diagnosed and an approximately 7300 melanoma deaths would occur Intervention strategies can be developed with
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