Skin Cancer - And Your Plastic Surgeon
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United
States. More than 500,000 new cases are reported each year-and the incidence is
rising faster than any other type of cancer! While skin cancers can be found on
any part of the body, about 80 percent appear on the face, head, or neck, where
they can be disfiguring as well as dangerous.
It is important to educate you about the different types of skin
cancer, their causes, and preventive measures you can take; to help you know
when to consult a doctor; and to explain the role of the plastic surgeon in the
diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and other skin growths.
Who gets skin cancer ...and why
The primary cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet radiation -most often from
the sun, but also from artificial sources like sunlamps and tanning booths. In
fact, researchers believe that our quest for the perfect tan, an increase in
outdoor activities, and perhaps the thinning of the earth's protective ozone
layer are behind the alarming rise we're now seeing in skin cancers.
Anyone can get skin cancer-no matter what your skin type, race or age, no matter
where you live or what you do. But your risk is greater if...
Your skin is fair and freckles
You have light-colored hair and
You have a large number of moles,
or moles of unusual size or shape.
You have a family history of skin
cancer or a personal history of blistering sunburn.
You spend a lot of time working or
You live closer to the equator, at
a higher altitude, or in any place that gets intense, year-round sunshine.
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