Skin Cancer

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What is Skin Cancer?

The body is made up of different types of cells that normally divide and multiply in an orderly way. These new cells replace older cells. In case of cancer, certain cells in the body have changed in appearance and function. They divide and grow in an uncontrolled way causing cancer. Skin cancer is a disease where malignant cells are found in the epidermis (outer layer of the skin). Skin cancers can develop due to a continuous exposure to sun over the years.

Skin is the largest organ of the body and protects the body from injury and infection. It also regulates the body temperature and gets rid of waste substances through the sweat glands. Outer layer of the skin is called the epidermis and the layer underneath is known as the dermis. The epidermis contains the squamous cells, which are flat in shape. Below this layer are the basal cells, which appear round. In between these layers are the melanocytes, which produce the pigment, melanin that gives color to the skin.


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I have a scar on my right cheek from a large mole removed when I was three years old. It was itchy and the bumpy red part bled when scratched. Turns out it was Basal Cell Carcinoma.
Skincancer Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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Sun Tanning at a Tanning Salon is the safest way to naturally get your Vit. D and can actually prevent skin cancer by protecting you from sun damage by over exposure in the sun.
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-gail- Friday, August 14, 2009
hi, i'm James Sagiao from Samoa, i'm posting a comment about skin cancer because my dad has skin cancer for like 2 to 3 years now. We've learned from skin cancer ever since my dad was infected. We are now aware of skin cancer and of the sun. Thanks James Sagiao from Samoa.....

James Sagiao Wednesday, November 19, 2008

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