Skin Cancer Overview Index

Featured: Skin Cancer Main Article

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.

Medications

    Related Diseases & Conditions

    • Psoriasis Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that may cause large plaques of red, raised skin, flakes of dry skin, and skin scales....learn more »
    • Sunburn (Sun Poisoning) Sunburn is caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. UV rays can also damage the eyes. Repeated overexposure to UV...learn more »
      In This Article
      Sunburn (Sun Poisoning) Article
      • Sunburn facts
      • What is sunburn?
      • Can sunburn cause permanent damage?
      • What is UV light and where are UV rays most intense?
      • Why does the skin tan after exposure to UV rays?
      • What are the symptoms of sunburn?
      • What are the symptoms of severe sunburn (sun poisoning)?
      • Sunburn pictures
      • What first-aid measures should be taken with sunburn?
      • What is the treatment for sunburn?
      • Are there any home remedies to treat sunburn?
      • Is a follow-up visit with a physician necessary?
      • Who is most susceptible to sunburn?
      • Can diseases cause a heightened sensitivity to UV rays?
      • Can medications increase sensitivity to sunburn?
      • What kinds of skin cancer can UV rays cause?
      • How can sunburn and skin cancer be prevented?
      • How do sunscreens work?
      • What is SPF?
      • What is the best way to apply sunscreen?
      • Do sunscreens expire?
      • Can antioxidants protect against sunburn?
    • Melanoma Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which begins in skin cells called melanocytes and affects more than 53,600 people in the United...learn more »
      In This Article
      Melanoma Article
      • Melanoma facts
      • Introduction
      • What does melanoma look like? What are the symptoms and signs?
      • What if the skin changes are rapid or dramatic?
      • What are the causes and risk factors for melanoma?
      • How do I know my level of risk for melanoma?
      • What are the types of melanoma?
      • How is melanoma diagnosed?
      • How do doctors determine the prognosis (outlook) of a melanoma?
      • What is the treatment for melanoma?
      • What methods are available to help prevent melanoma?
      • Conclusions
      • What is in the future for melanoma?
      • Additional Resources
    • Blepharitis Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. Acne rosacea, Staphylococcal bacteria, allergies, sensitivities to makeup or contact...learn more »
      In This Article
      Blepharitis Article
      • Blepharitis facts
      • What is blepharitis?
      • What causes blepharitis?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of blepharitis?
      • How is blepharitis diagnosed?
      • What are complications of blepharitis?
      • What is the treatment for blepharitis?
      • What is the prognosis for blepharitis?
    • Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs) Sun sensitivity (photosensitivity) is an inflammation of the skin induced by the combination of medications or substances and...learn more »
      In This Article
      Sun-Sensitive Drugs (Photosensitivity to Drugs) Article
      • What is photosensitivity?
      • What is the difference between a photoallergic and a phototoxic reaction?
      • Photoallergic and phototoxic reaction pictures
      • What is ultraviolet light?
      • What are the symptoms of sun sensitivity (photosensitivity)?
      • What are some common sun-sensitizing drugs?
      • Phototoxic drugs
      • Photoallergic drugs
      • Are there any medical conditions that can cause photosensitivity?
      • How is sun sensitivity (photosensitivity) diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for a photosensitizing drug reaction?
      • Is anyone taking these drugs at risk for developing sunburn?
      • Can any foods or plants cause sun sensitivity (photosensitivity) reactions?
      • Pictures of food and plant sun-sensitivity (photosensitivity) reactions
      • Are there any medical applications of sun sensitivity (photosensitivity)?
      • Sun-Sensitizing (Photosensitivity) Drugs At A Glance
    • Freckles Freckles are flat circular spots on the skin that may be red, yellow, tan, light brown, brown, or black in color. Lentigo is the...learn more »
      In This Article
      Freckles Article
      • Freckles facts
      • What are freckles?
      • What types of freckles are there?
      • What are "liver spots" or "age spots"?
      • How do freckles develop?
      • How important is heredity with freckles?
      • What is the medical meaning of freckles?
      • How can freckles be prevented?
      • What is the treatment for freckles?
      • What is the value of freckles?

Related FAQs, Doctor's & Expert's Views

Procedures & Tests

Health News

Health Features

Tools & References

FDA Drug Labels on RxList.com


Terms related to Skin Cancer Overview:

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

STAY INFORMED

Get the Latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!