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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 squamous 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 nonmelanoma skin cancers is generally very good.

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      Cancer Risk Factors Article
      • Cancer risk factor facts*
      • What are cancer risk factors?
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      • Ionizing radiation
      • Certain chemicals and other substances
      • Some viruses and bacteria
      • Certain hormones
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      Melanoma Article
      • Melanoma facts
      • What is melanoma?
      • What does melanoma look like? What are melanoma symptoms and signs?
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      • What are the types of melanoma?
      • How is melanoma diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for melanoma?
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      • What methods are available to help prevent melanoma?
      • Conclusions
      • What research is being done on melanoma?
      • Where can people get more information about melanoma?
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      Psoriasis Article
      • Psoriasis facts
      • What is psoriasis?
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      • What are the different types of psoriasis?
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      • What is the treatment for psoriasis?
      • What creams, lotions, and home remedies are available for psoriasis?
      • Are psoriasis shampoos available?
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      • What injections or infusions are available for psoriasis?
      • Is there a psoriasis diet?
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      • What does the future hold for psoriasis?
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      Vitamins and Calcium Supplements Article
      • What are vitamins, and why are they important?
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      • Vitamin D
      • Folic Acid
      • Vitamin E
      • Vitamin A
      • Vitamin C
      • Vitamin B12
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      • Pictures of food and plant sun-sensitivity (photosensitivity) reactions
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Terms related to Skin Cancer Overview:

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