What Is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States. Skin cancer occurs when there is the uncontrolled growth of skin cells because of damage to the DNA that goes unrepaired. Ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds are the number one cause of this DNA damage. The unrepaired DNA goes crazy and triggers an abnormal growth in skin cells that multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.
Your medical doctor should keep track of any moles you have presented on your body. Any changes in the appearance should be an indication that a biopsy is warranted. There are certain signs to look for, and if any of these are present, your physician should immediately do a biopsy to check for cancer. This is known as “the ABC’s of skin cancer.”