• Basal cell carcinoma

      Basal cell carcinoma: This skin cancer often forms on skin that has received years of sun exposure. Basal cell carcinoma: Overview Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It’s also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Every year, millions of people

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  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP)

    Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP): Overview What is dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans?   Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: This raised, reddish-brown patch began as a small red lump that grew slowly. Dermatofibrosarcoma (dur-mah-toe-fy-bro-sar-co-ma) protuberans (pro-to-bur-anz) (DFSP) is a rare

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  • Can you spot skin cancer?

    Do you know how to spot skin cancer? In this video, the American Academy of Dermatology used an ultraviolet camera to show people the sun damage hidden underneath their skin. While you can’t see all the sun damage on your skin, it’s important to check the spots you can see – before it’s too late. Everyone

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  • Skin cancer in people of color

      People of color: This term refers to diverse skin colors and includes people of African, Asian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Native American descent. People of all colors, including those with brown and black skin, get skin cancer. Even if you never sunburn, you can get skin cancer. When

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  • Skin Cancer Prevention

    Follow these tips to protect your skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and reduce your risk of skin cancer: Apply sunscreen. When you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days, apply sunscreen to all skin that will not be covered by clothing. Reapply approximately every two hours, or

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  • Sebaceous carcinoma

      Sebaceous cell carcinoma: The growth on this man’s lower eyelid is sebaceous carcinoma. Sebaceous carcinoma: Overview Also called sebaceous gland carcinoma, sebaceous gland adenocarcinoma, or meibomian gland carcinoma. What is sebaceous carcinoma? Sebaceous (suh-bey-shuhs) carcinoma (SC) is a

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  • Who's got your back

    Think applying sunscreen to your own back is easy? In the video above, the American Academy of Dermatology uses an ultraviolet (UV) camera to show just how hard it is to cover your own back with sunscreen. As people attempt to apply sunscreen to their own backs – the UV camera quickly reveals all the

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  • Imiquimod: A treatment for some skin cancers, genital warts

      Sun-damaged skin: People with sun-damaged skin have a higher risk for developing AKs. Imiquimod: Overview Imiquimod (ih-mih-kwih-mod) is a prescription medicine that you use at home. It comes in a cream that you apply to your skin. Your dermatologist may prescribe imiquimod to treat: Actinic

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  • Squamous cell carcinoma

      Squamous cell carcinoma: This man's skin has been badly damaged by years of sun exposure. He has a squamous cell carcinoma on his face. Squamous cell carcinoma: Overview Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer in humans. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in

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  • Merkel cell carcinoma

      Merkel cell carcinoma: This rare skin cancer can appear on the skin as a hard patch (1) or firm bump (2). Merkel cell carcinoma: Overview What is Merkel cell carcinoma? Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare skin cancer. It is also an aggressive skin cancer. MCC is considered aggressive because it

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