Skin Cancer

By: Isaac Villalta

What is cancer?

Development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and have the ability to infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue.

What is Skin cancer?

The abnormal growth of skin cells, most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. But this Cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight.

What parts of the body does Skin Cancer affect?

Skin Cancer affects the skin.
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What can lead to Skin Cancer?

You can get Skin Cancer by being exposed to sunlight

Symptoms

  • Reddish patch of dry skin that won’t heal
  • Flesh-colored (or pink, red, or brown) pearl-shaped lump
  • Pimple that just won’t clear
  • Sore that bleeds, heals, and then returns
  • Feels hard, may be white or yellow

Treatments

  • Liquid nitrogen
  • Mohs surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Biological therapy

Survival Rate

Stage 1: The 5-year survival rate is around 97%. The 10-year survival is around 95%.

Stage 2: The 5-year survival rate is around 92%. The 10-year survival is around 86%.

Stage 3: The 5-year survival rate is around 81%. The 10-year survival is around 67%.

Stage 3: The 5-year survival rate is around 70%. The 10-year survival is around 57%.

Stage 4: The 5-year survival rate is around 53%. The 10-year survival is around 40%.

Stage 5: The 5-year survival rate is around 78%. The 10-year survival is around 68%.

Stage 6: The 5-year survival rate is around 59%. The 10-year survival is around 43%.

Stage 7: The 5-year survival rate is around 40%. The 10-year survival is around 24%.