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Why is skin so susceptible to cancer

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Exposure to sun: The skin is the largest organ on your body and it's what protects you from the environment. It's exposed to the sun everyday. The average person gets ... Read More
Dr. Morton Levitt
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Skin Cancer : Because the skin is so superficial, it is constantly being exposed to harmful radiation from the sun. Besides obvious suntanning and burning, the aver... Read More
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
UV radiation: It is constantly being exposed to uv radiation from the sun.

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Scar: Scars are more susceptible to the development of skin cancer.
Dr. Curtis Wong
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Scars can transform: If you ever develop scabbing on an old scar, you must have it evaluated as it could be a skin cancer. This is most prevalent in burn scars.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lorrie Klein
Dermatology 36 years experience
Skin cancer: When cells grow out of control and do not stop growing at a certain pointmp, they are considered a cancer. Common skin cancers are basal cell carcino... Read More
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Dermatology 9 years experience
Skin malignancies: Skin cancers are cutaneous malignancies that are closely linked to sun exposure over the course of a lifetime. Major types of skin cancer include basa... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roy Seidenberg
Dermatology 30 years experience
Sun and genetics: Most cancers start from ultraviolet damage damaging your dna. Melanoma is genetic and/or sun induced. A few other chemicals may also be carcin... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Headache/ nausea: Head cancer i assume you mean brain cancer. Headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures, stroke like sumptoms may be some of the typical presenting signs. S... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Non-healing wounds: If you have a growth that is not healing, and tends to bleed on its own, you should definitely bring it to the attention of your dermatologist. For p... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Surgery for skin ca: yes, the treatment for skin cancer- i.e. surgery can leave marks on the skin.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
On or in?: If you are concerned about cancer "on" your head, you will feel a mass or lump. If the concern is about cancer "in" your head, that is a difficult iss... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Many...: Cancer is unregulated proliferation of cells as a result in mutations in genes that regulate the cell cycle. Thus in theory, all the different cell t... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Dimpling: Sometimes the mass causes mild swelling around it that is not enough to be seen but it's enough to make the connective tissue/ligaments that support t... Read More

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