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What is skin cancer?

The largest organ that you have is the skin. It is scientifically referred to as the epidermis and is most vulnerable to developing various types of cancer. If you develop skin cancer, you’ll experience uncontrolled growth of cells whose DNA is damaged. They grow rapidly into harmful tumours largely because of their abnormal DNA, and they soon begin to displace and kill normal skin cells. 

Scientists have identified three main types of skin cancer:

● Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

● Squamous Cell carcinoma (SCC)

● Melanoma

These skin cancers are discussed in more detail in later sections of this article.

Skin cancer already heavily impacts Americans, with 20% of adults expected to have skin cancer by age 70. It is increasingly becoming a global problem, and that is why it is the subject of this article. You can get skin cancer from exposure to ultraviolet light rays (either from the Sun or from tanning beds). While deadly in later stages, skin cancer can be brought into full remission if caught and treated early on. In some instances, early screening can even destroy precancerous cells, thus eliminating your likelihood of ever developing skin cancer.

If this interests you and if you are interested in protecting yourself from this common, deadly, and completely preventable disease, this article is for you because you will learn about skin cancer, how to diagnose, treat, and even prevent it!

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