Skin cancer rates are skyrocketing in the US, where more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and around the world. In fact, one in five Americans is diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives. It is the most common form of cancer in the US with more new cases than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
Skin cancer is a malignant condition that begins with the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. Recent studies show it can result as an accumulative effect from sun damage (90% in the case of nonmelanoma skin cancers!). Florida’s near year-round high temperatures means we are all at a higher risk!
What are the different types of Skin Cancer?
Early detection of skin cancer is key!
Cure rates are high, and recurrence rates are low for cancers that are CAUGHT AND TREATED EARLY. It is important to check for changes in size, shape and color of pigmented areas.
The Skin Cancer foundation highly recommends an annual full-body skin exam by a dermatologist.
*Source: Skin Cancer Foundation and American Academy of Dermatology.