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Skin Cancer Awareness:
What You Should Know

What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is an abnormal, malignant growth of cells on the skin's outer layer. A malignant growth can potentially be life-threatening.

There are three forms of cancer which constitute nearly 100% of all occurrences: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma.

What causes skin cancer?
The most avoidable cause of skin cancer is overexposure to the sun's rays without adequate protection. Research indicates that severe childhood sunburns may lead to cancerous growths later in life as cancers do not typically show up until ten to twenty years after receiving the burn.

Heredity may be a factor and a cause of skin cancer. Those with a family history of skin cancer may be at a higher risk.

Things to look for:

  • Moles or other lesions that grow, bleed and/or itch
  • A lesion that repeatedly heals and reopens
  • A translucent, pearl-shaped growth
  • A smooth, waxy lesion
  • Brown or black streaks underneath a nail
  • A pigmented mass in your mouth
  • A dark spot on an eye
  • A cluster of shiny or scaly lesions that are pink or red
  • Moles with any of the ABCDE features

If you have any of these symptoms, please call 804.440.DERM (3376) to schedule an examination with Dr. Robinson and get the answers to your questions regarding the disease. Skin cancer is highly curable with early detection and treatment.




 
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