Skin Cancer Overview Index

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Skin cancers occur when skin cells undergo malignant transformations and grow into tumors. The most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, are highly curable when they are diagnosed and treated early. Sun exposure, tanning beds, depressed immune system, radiation exposure, and certain viral infections are risk factors for skin cancer. Skin cancers are treated with surgery or radiation. The prognosis of non-melanoma skin cancers is generally very good.

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Terms related to Skin Cancer Overview:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Cancer Of The Skin
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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