Skin Cancer

By: Lily Cremonini A2 3/2/15

What is Skin Cancer?

People always want good tans for the summer, but are they wearing sunscreen? Anyone, no matter age or gender, can get skin cancer. Skin cancer is a very common cancer that most people might get in their lives. In fact, most cancer diagnoses are skin cancer. This is not a fatal type of cancer, but not a good one to get like most cancers.
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Ten Facts about Skin Cancer:

1 Each time you get a blistering sunburn, it damages skin cells and increasing your risk of getting skin cancer.

2. Skin cancer is the most common cancer and 75% off all cancer diagnoses are skin cancer.

3. If you have fair skin, especially with freckles, sunburn easily, or become painful in the sun are at a greater risk of getting skin cancer.

4. If you get a severe sunburn early in life or a burn unrelated to the sun, you can eventually get skin cancer.

5. There are 3 major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.

6. The symptoms of BBC are a bump on the sun-exposed skin that looks raised, smooth, and pearly.

7. The SCC symptoms are a well-defined, red, scaling, thickened bump on the sun-exposed skin. It might start to bleed and if it is untreated, it may develop into a large mass.

8. A symptom of melanoma is a change is size, shape, and color of a mole.

9. BCC and SCC are more common with older people, but melanoma occurs with people in the ages of 25-29.

10. A way to figure out the you have skin cancer is a biopsy. This will be taken from the suspicious area of the skin.

Five ways to prevent Skin Cancer:

1. If you have skin cancer, make sure talk to your doctor about getting surgery.

2. Make sure your sunscreen has a SPF of 15 or higher and make sure to reapply it if you think you sweat it off.

3. Avoid tanning booths, they are a way to get the cancer.

4. Limit the sun exposures. Try to avoid the sun's intense rays between 10 a.m and 2 p.m.

5. If you are likely to get sun burn wear long-sleeves, pants and a wide-brimmed hat.

Work Cited

"Skin Cancer: Melanoma, Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma."WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.

"Midland Jaycees: Sunscreen Drive." Midland Jaycees: Sunscreen Drive. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.

"Skin Cancer Screening 954-564-0040 Ft. Lauderdale." Z-Roc Dermatology. N.p., 29 Jan. 2014. Web. 13 Mar. 2015.