About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and is growing worldwide. In fact we are now seeing skin cancer occurring at much younger ages. Each year over 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in over 2 million people.

Skin cancer occurs when tissue grows at an uncontrollable and unpredictable rate forming an abnormal growth. A diagnosis of skin cancer can be a cause for real concern and should not be left untreated. If left untreated, the cancer will continue to progress in the skin, and can cause considerable damage, disfigurement, or even death. When caught and treated early skin cancer is usually not life threatening and the treatment does not have to be disfiguring. If detected early, skin cancer can be treated successfully and often very easily. The most common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.