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Skin Smarts

Do you know what you're looking for when checking for skin cancer? Take our quiz to test your skin smarts.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many Americans will have skin cancer in their lifetime?

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The correct answer is: One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetimes.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a type of skin cancer?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Squamous cell cancer, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma are all forms of skin cancer. The most common form is basal cell carcinoma.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Exposure to the sun is the most common cause of skin cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Exposure to the sun is the most common cause of skin cancer.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a known cause of melanoma?

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The correct answer is: Sixty-five percent of melanomas are attributed to ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure. Genetic factors also play a role.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Only fair-complexioned people are at risk for skin cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. No one is immune from skin cancer, including individuals with darker skin color.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: If caught early, melanoma is 100 percent curable.

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The correct answer is: This is true. If melanoma is caught early, it is 100 percent curable. And, thanks to improved awareness about sun damage and skin cancer, catching melanoma at an early stage is more common than ever before.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Asymmetrical moles are not a possible sign of skin cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Asymmetrical moles, or moles that do not have matching halves, may be cancerous. See a dermatologist as soon as possible to have the suspicious mole checked.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What is a good point of measurement to determine if a large mole is possibly cancerous?

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The correct answer is: If a mole is larger than the size of a pencil eraser, it may be cancerous or pre-cancerous. See a dermatologist as soon as possible to have the suspicious mole checked.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of basal cell carcinoma?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Skin symptoms of basal cell carcinoma include translucent pearly bumps on sun-exposed skin and crusted, ulcerated or bleeding bumps. These bumps or lesions can be confused with ordinary pimples.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Skin lesions caused by basal cell carcinoma are less likely to metastasize (spread to other parts of your body) than other types of skin cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While basal cell carcinoma may cause extensive skin destruction, it has less of a chance of metastasizing via blood and lymph systems than other types of skin cancer.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of squamous cell carcinoma?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Skin symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common skin cancer, include elevated opaque bumps that may appear mushroom- or wart-like and take on a pink coloration. These bumps may be ulcerated or become infected.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Where is squamous cell carcinoma most often found?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The lesions caused by squamous cell carcinoma are most often found on the lips, face, hands and rim of the ears.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The least common but most serious skin cancer is malignant melanoma.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Where can melanoma lesions appear?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The most common sites for melanoma are the neck, upper head, trunk and lower extremities.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a characteristic of a melanoma skin lesion?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Melanoma lesions appear like moles that are flat with indistinct or irregular borders and have varying colors such as brown, blue, white, black and red.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Skin cancer is easily treated no matter when it's found.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Survival rates are much higher when skin cancer is detected and treated early. For that reason, self exams and periodic total body exams with a dermatologist are very important.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a treatment for skin cancer?

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The correct answer is: Skin cancer is treated by removing the cancerous area with either surgery (excision) or freezing (cryotherapy).

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chemotherapy is used to treat skin cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Doctors may use chemotherapy, either topical (applied to skin) or systemic (injected or taken by mouth) to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy may be used to treat skin cancer, too. These treatments are often used in conjunction with surgery.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight cannot go through glass.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Ultraviolet radiation can go through windshields, windows, clouds and clothing. That's why it's important to protect yourself with sunscreen and sun-protective clothing every day, on all exposed areas.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: The only way to prevent skin cancer is to avoid the sun.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While the best way to prevent skin cancer is to fully protect yourself from the sun, you do not have to avoid the sun altogether. Instead, be sun smart: Stay indoors when the sun is at its highest, mid-morning to later afternoon, if possible. And gear up when you're outside by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses with UV protection. A long-sleeved shirt, long pants and a wide-brimmed hat can further protect you from the sun.

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Staying out of the sun and away from tanning beds is the easiest way to get great-looking skin. The suns UVB and UVA rays cause skin damage, which is prematurely aging, and skin cancer. Every day you should wear a broad-spectrum s...

unscreen, which blocks UVB and UVA rays, with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply at least every two hours while outdoors. For a dewy glow, use skin-care products with 10 ingredients or less to reduce irritation, use moisturizer and feed your skin from within. Dark chocolate and antioxidant-rich foods such as cantaloupe, citrus fruits, blueberries and leafy greens improve the skin’s appearance.
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