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Skin Cancer: Types, Causes & Prevention Tips.

Skin cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the skin cells. It occurs when the skin cells are damaged by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or other sources, such as tanning beds. The damaged skin cells start to grow uncontrollably and form a mass of abnormal cells.

The main cause of skin cancer is exposure to UV radiation from the sun, although other factors such as genetics, immune system disorders, and exposure to certain chemicals can also increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

There are several types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Here is the difference between the three:

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it’s important to take steps to prevent it. Here are some tips to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and reduce your risk:

Not all skin changes are caused by skin cancer, but it is important to see a dermatologist to determine a cause. It is also important to note that detection of skin cancer gives you the best chance for a successful skin cancer treatment. To schedule an appointment with one of our well-trained dermatologists, click the link to schedule online, or call us at (520)382-3330.  

Dr. Weimin Hu Weimin Hu, MD, PhD Board Certified Dermatologist Mohs Surgeon Aesthetic Dermatologist

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