Skin Cancer 101
On average, a person dies of skin cancer almost every hour. Skin cancer is the most common cancer, but it’s also the most preventable. Start here to learn what you can do to protect yourself.
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Skin Cancer Q&As
Ellen Marmur, MD
Are all skin cancers sun-related?
It's a fact that sun exposure is the primary cause of most skin cancers, providing the one-two punch of creating DNA mutations and suppressing the immune system. But other factors play a role too …
- Q What are the three main kinds of skin cancer?
- Q Does having dark skin shield me from skin cancer?
- Q Why should I perform a skin self-exam?
- Q How do other illnesses affect skin cancer?
- Q What increases the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer?
- Q Does skin cancer run in families?
- Q Can skin cancer develop in areas of skin that aren't exposed to sun?
- Q How does skin cancer affect the body?
- Q Can skin cancer spread to other parts of the body?
- Q Why is skin cancer more common in old age?
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Skin Cancer Action Plans
If you're worried about preventing skin cancer, use our Action Plans to stay safe in the sun.
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Coffee: Sunscreen in a Cup?
Drinking three small cups of java each day can reduce the risk of one skin cancer type by 20 percent. Not a coffee fan? Other caffeinated drinks can help, too.
Supplements to Prevent Skin Cancer
Recent studies suggest that taking extra calcium and vitamin D may protect against melanoma. Start here to decide if supplements are right for you.
Young people are now getting skin cancer—particularly dangerous melanoma—at alarming rates, so it’s surprising how little most of us know about sun safety. In fact, a study by the American Academy of Dermatology found that only one-third of those surveyed knew the basics of sun protection. As a quick primer, here are some key dos and don’ts…