Earlier this month KevinMD.com posted the following article by Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
The best defense against skin cancer is prevention. Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States, affecting more than 2 million Americans every year. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime.
There are three main types of skin cancer. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, which can be fatal if not treated early. While melanoma accounts for a very small percentage of skin cancers, it is responsible for the majority of skin cancer related deaths. Survival of patients with melanoma is directly correlated to the size of the cancer. If the spot is detected early, before it has spread from the skin, more than 90% of patients will be cured. This drops to approximately 15% once the cancer has spread. The number of new cases of melanoma is rising faster than most of the other internal types of cancer, so public education is of the utmost importance.
The other two common skin cancers are collectively known a non-melanoma skin cancer. The most common skin cancer in [...] continue the story