Who gets skin cancer?
Anyone can get skin cancer, but the risk increases with age and if you sunbake or use tanning beds.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 06 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Skin cancers are a group of cancers that originate from abnormal skin cells. The most common types of skin cancers are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
The symptoms vary according to the type of skin cancer. Melanoma is distinguished from regular moles by the irregular border of the moles, the different coloration present, large diameter and evolving shape and size. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas …
Skin cancer is caused by damage to the DNA of skin cells, which results from exposure to UV radiation.
The only way to diagnose cancer is with a tissue biopsy. A pathologist will examine the biopsy under a microscope to see if the cells are cancerous.
How skin cancer is treated depends on the type, size and location of the cancer. Commonly, surgery is performed.
Most cases of basal and squamous cell carcinoma can be cured. Melanomas are less predictable, and can recur many years after treatment.
Cancer cannot be completely prevented, but you can greatly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer by not tanning and using appropriate sun protection.
Skin cancer can return, but the chances of it returning depend on the type of skin cancer you have.