Skin Cancer: Causes and Prevention
posted by Dermatology | April 28, 2017
Skin cancer, a disease in which skin cells grow abnormally, is among some of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer. Skin cancer is often caused by exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, but there are also other kinds of skin cancer.
Most cases of skin cancer are preventable with the right habits. Here’s a look at the different types of skin cancer, its causes and how you can prevent it.
Different types of skin cancer include:
Skin cancer starts in the epidermis, the skin’s top layer that protects skin cells. The epidermis is where basal and squamous cells exist, as well as melanocytes—the cells that produce melanin and give skin its color. Mutations of these cells can cause cancer. UV rays are often a large contributor to the development of skin cancer, but there are other things that can increase your risk.
Factors that can increase your risk of skin cancer include:
Most cases of skin cancer can be prevented with the right lifestyle habits. These include:
Speak to your doctor to learn more about skin cancer causes and prevention.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.