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Of all different kinds of cancer skin cancer is one of the most commonlydiagnosed cancers in the United States Skin cancer is a disease which cancer cells arefound on the outer layers of the skin Your skin protects the body from heat infectionlight injury and infection It also stores fat water and vitamin D The skin has twolayers and several different kinds of cells With a certain lifestyle these cells can becomecancerousProdigy Web Browser An Introduction to skin Cancer NET 1997 Melanoma is associated with the highest case-fatality rate of all skin cancersMortalityand Morbility Weekly Report Vol 45No 17 MMWR 1996 Numerous studies havedelineated the natural history of skin cancers Some cell carcinomas tend to grow andinvade slowly and steadily Certain subtypes are more aggressive and certain sites ofoccurrence scalp shoulders and nose are associated with worse cases Malignantmelanoma may have a thin stage in which survival rates are excellent The length of thinor radial growth phase may be months to years If untreated at some point melanomaenters 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 likelung cancer heart disease sexually transmitted diseases and other hot topic diseases ofthat nature Skin cancer awareness and the seriousness of skin cancer is far lessemphasized The MMWR did a survey of knowledge of and awareness about melanomain the united states in 1995 In 1996 an estimated 38300 cases of melanoma werediagnosed and an approximately 7300 melanoma deaths would occur Interventionstrategies can be developed with information and public awareness of melanomaMMWR To help awareness and public knowledge about melanoma the AmericanAcademy of Dermatology conducted a nation wide survey in 1995 shown
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