Skin Cancer

By: Charlene Nguyen

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What is Cancer?

Cancer is a disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body

How does Mitosis and Cancer relate to one another?

Mitosis is the process of cells growing and dividing, cancer cells divide, but uncontrollably

General Info

More than 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer were treated in over 3.3 million people in the U.S. in 2012


More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined


One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70

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Different names for Skin Cancer

Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, and Melanoma.


3 Stages of Skin Cancer development

Stage 1: Where cancer cells have grown deeper into the skin, but not far enough to spread to other parts of the body

Stage 2: Where cancer cells have grown deeper into the skin, or have more high-risk features than stage 1, but not far enough to spread to lymph nodes and beyond

Stage 3: Cancer in stage 3 melanoma is where the cancer has spread from the skin cells to the lymph nodes, which are small tissues

Parts of the body affected by Skin Cancer

Your head, face, neck, hands, and arms

Strategies and treatments to fight/prevent Skin Cancer

Strategies: Use sunscreen, stay in the shade, don't use tanning beds

Treatments: Excision, radiation therapy, cryosurgery

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An institution doing research on Skin Cancer

The National Cancer Institute

People most likely to develop Skin Cancer is..

Organ transplant patients

Sources

“Skin Cancer Foundation.” Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics - SkinCancer.org, www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts.

“Stage 1 Skin Cancer: Information & Options | CTCA.” CancerCenter.com, 1 Jan. 1AD, www.cancercenter.com/skin-cancer/stages/tab/stage-1/.

“Research.” National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov/types/skin/research.