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can someone tell me if skin cancer common is in america?

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Dr. Mark Pack
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: According to the cdc - centers for disease control and prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How can skin cancer be treated?

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Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Usually surgery: Most skin cancers are treated initially with surgical excision. In some cases, depending on the type of tumor, other modalities may be employed. These include radiation, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, and others.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is skin cancer hereditary?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Can be: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What causes skin cancer?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Sun damage, Genetics: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

How does skin cancer begin?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Sun damage: With rare exception, most skin cancers are caused by sun damage. Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning. The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have it check out by your doctor.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
See below: The three common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma, all have a hereditary component.

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