Skin Cancer Prevention: Ways to Reduce Your Risk

Each one of your skin cells has the potential to become cancerous at some point in our lives. Therefore, it’s probably not surprising that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in America. It affects one in five Americans, and more than 3 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed this year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Nonmelanoma skin cancers can be split into two subcategories–basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma–depending on where in the skin they occur. These both are relatively low-risk cancers, especially when treated appropriately.

“Basal cell skin cancers are the most common types of cancer, period,” accounting for roughly 80 percent of all skin cancers, says Dr. Mark Faries, co-director of the melanoma program and head of surgical oncology at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Squamous cell carcinomas, accounting for close to 20 percent of cancerous skin lesions diagnosed in the U.S., tend to be more aggressive than basal cell carcinomas but also usually respond well to excision.

Melanoma skin cancers are rarer, but “melanoma can be a more aggressive form of skin cancer,” says Dr. Marc Glashofer, a board-certified dermatologist, skin cancer expert and a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon practicing in northern New Jersey.

“The majority of melanomas are in the early phase and are easily treated with an excision. However, if a melanoma is caught in a later stage or is aggressively growing, then you’re dealing with potentially higher rates of recurrence and spreading elsewhere.” It’s essential to be aware of your skin so you can protect it.

Check out the ways to prevent skin cancer!

1 23NEXT
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp
Pinterest
Reddit
Delicious
LinkedIn
Facebook
Twitter
WhatsApp

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

READ NEXT

10 Foods That Help You Burn Fat With NO EFFORT

Going to bed hungry could hurt your weight-loss efforts! You don’t need to starve to burn fat. Plus, sleeping is an essential key to slimming down; researchers have found that

Super Spice Can Reduce Inflammation

Our body responds to things like injury, pain or infection with inflammation. So, you may want to know that there are natural ways to heal your body, rather than take

10 Warning Signs Your Liver Sends You

Your liver does a lot for your health. As one of the body’s largest organs, it’s responsible for metabolic functions like converting nutrients from your diet so your body can

8 Hidden Signs Your Heart Sends You

Our hearts resemble an engine in so many ways. If this muscular organ doesn’t receive the attention it needs, you could end up in the emergency room. Take care of

6 Common Things That Make You Tired

From a messy desk to ‘toxic’ friends, these surprising stamina robbers may be making you tired. Your messy desk Being surrounded by heaping piles of paper and junk—either on your

7 Solid Reasons to Eat More Carrots

Carrots are one of the healthiest snacks you can have. With a sweet taste and satisfying crunch, carrots can soothe junk food cravings when you are trying to be good.

15 Things You Need To Know About Coronavirus

China and its territories have unfortunately had an unpleasant and troubling recent history with outbreaks that have not only concerned health professionals but the world at large. Beginning with the

Scroll to Top