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Sunday, May 8, 2011

your life could save Skin cancer awareness..

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. One in 58 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer during their lifetime. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 to 29 years old and the second most common for adolescents and young adults 15 to 29 years old, according to facts supplied by Dermatologist Dr. Sarah Cash, of the Dermatology Group of the Carolinas.
Basil cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms of skin cancer. They are the most easily treated, the least likely to spread and rarely fatal. They appear on the top level of the skin anywhere on the body, but most frequently found on the sun exposed areas of the face, ears, bald scalp and neck. The incidence of these two types of cancer can occur at any age, but does increase as a person gets older.
Cash recommends a skin-cancer related checkup beginning at around age 20. The screening exam is a visual examination of the skin. It can detect suspicious lesions or changes in the skin.
Previous studies show that tanning beds raise the risk of skin cancer by 75 percent. The American Academy of Dermatology surveyed 3,800 women, and more than 30 percent of them said they used a tanning bed within the past year. One out of four women said they used the tanning beds regularly. A recent study reports more teens are using tanning beds, thinking they are safer than outdoor tanning.The Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization have declared ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps, as a known carcinogen (a known cancer-causing substance).
 “If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early,” Cash said.

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