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The most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma grows slowly, and rarely spreads to other areas. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at basal cell carcinoma, including its risk factors, symptoms, and treatment.
Intraocular melanoma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the eye and occurs most often in middle age. This eMedTV resource describes this condition in detail, explaining how it is diagnosed, staged, and treated.
The percentage of people who develop melanoma in the United States has doubled in the past 30 years. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth look at this increasingly common condition, including risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.
Merkel cell carcinoma tends to develop on or just beneath the skin's surface and in the hair follicles. This eMedTV article provides an overview of this rare form of cancer, including symptoms, treatment options, and the chances of it metastasizing.
Types of nonmelanoma skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. As this eMedTV article explains, treatment includes laser surgery and cryosurgery. It also explains the importance of follow-up exams after treatment.
Getting too much sun can increase your risk of skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at skin cancer, explaining what it is, why it occurs, how it is diagnosed, and more.
There are several types of skin cancer, and squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common ones. This eMedTV segment features an overview of squamous cell carcinoma, including its risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and more.
Featured Medications
Aldara is a medication applied directly on the skin two to five times weekly to treat various conditions. This eMedTV Web page features an overview of this prescription drug, including details on side effects, dosing tips, safety issues, and more.
DTIC-Dome is a drug licensed for the treatment of malignant melanoma and Hodgkin's disease. This eMedTV article contains more details on this medicine, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, potential side effects, and more.
Erivedge is a medicine prescribed to treat certain types of basal cell carcinoma. This eMedTV Web selection features an overview of this chemotherapy drug, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, possible side effects, and more.
Mekinist is prescribed to treat an advanced form of skin cancer. This eMedTV Web page provides more details on this drug, with information on when it is prescribed, how it works, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Proleukin is a drug approved for the treatment of certain cancers that affect the skin or kidneys. This eMedTV article features an overview of this chemotherapy medicine, with details on how it is given, its effectiveness, side effects, and more.
Solaraze Gel is a prescription NSAID approved for treating precancerous patches on the skin. This eMedTV page explores this product in more detail, including information on possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and some general precautions.
Does sunscreen help prevent skin cancer? Many doctors believe that it does. This page of the eMedTV archives explains the benefits of sunscreen in skin cancer prevention and offers additional tips to avoid exposure to UV radiation.
When used after surgery, Sylatron can help prevent malignant melanoma skin cancer from returning. This eMedTV resource takes a closer look at this medicine, including when it is prescribed, general dosing instructions, safety precautions, and more.
Available by prescription, Yervoy is a drug used to slow down the progression of melanoma skin cancer. This eMedTV resource takes a closer look at this medicine, including how it works, general dosing instructions, safety precautions, and more.
Zelboraf is a drug licensed to treat a certain type of skin cancer. This article from the eMedTV Web site describes the effects of this prescription medication, explains what to know before taking it, and lists possible side effects that may occur.
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