Skin cancers are the most common cancer with some 5.4 million new cases reported per year in the U.S., and the majority of cases are linked to ultraviolet (UV) light that people usually receive from sun exposure.
Most skin cancers are relatively easy to treat, and the most dangerous form – melanoma – accounts for 1% of cases. Treatments range from minor surgery to more extensive surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
Avoid UV rays
by seeking shade from midday sun and avoiding tanning beds
year-round outdoors, whatever the activity
Wear protective clothing
such as hats, long sleeves and sunglasses with UV protection
See a doctor if you notice a spot that is new, changing or unusual; bleeds and doesn't heal; or is sensitive to touch.
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