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Learn The Basics
Sun-Damaged Skin
Although most people love the warmth and light of the sun, too much sun exposure can significantly damage human skin.
Melanoma
Melanoma is cancer of the cells that give skin its color.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin
Squamous cells are small, flat skin cells in the outer layer of skin. When these cells become cancerous, they typically develop into flat or raised, rounded skin tumors. Sometimes the skin around the tumors gets red and swollen.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell cancer is the most common form of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States. Basal cells are small, round skin cells normally found in the upper part of your skin.
Kaposi's Sarcoma
Kaposi's sarcoma is a type of cancer caused by the virus human herpes virus 8. The tumors appear as red or purple patches on the skin, mouth, lungs, liver, or gastrointestinal tract.
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers
The two most common forms of nonmelanoma skin cancer are basal cell cancers, which account for 80% of all skin cancers, and squamous cell cancers, which account for 15% of cases.

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Skin Cancer Additional Information
Links to organizations that provide information about skin cancers.
Protect Yourself From Environmental Risks
Nine hundred thousand Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year, making it the most common form of cancer.

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