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A Summary of Skin Cancer

Key points to keep in mind about skin cancer include:
  • Skin cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the tissues of the skin
  • Skin color and exposure to sunlight can affect the risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer and actinic keratosis
  • Nonmelanoma skin cancer often appears as a change in the skin
  • Tests or procedures that examine the skin are used to detect and diagnose nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options for skin cancer.
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