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Skin cancer is the most common and most rapidly increasing form of cancer in the United States. One in six Americans will develop skin cancer. The three major types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and the more serious malignant melanoma. An estimated one million new cases of basal and squamous cell carcinomas occur each year; it is estimated that more than 50.000 new cases of melanoma will occur this year.

"Skin cancer now appears to be as common as all other types of cancer combined."

Take a close look at the following ten statements. It may surprise you to know that they are all TRUE.

  1. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer today.
  2. In recent years, the thinning of the Earth's ozone layer means that more damaging ultraviolet rays reach people, plants, and animals.
  3. About 90% of skin cancer is caused by the sun's ultraviolet radiation.
  4. People with fair skin, red or blonde hair, and blue, gray, or green eyes are more susceptible to skin cancer.
  5. Sun damage to the skin accumulates over a lifetime.
  6. It is possible to get a sunburn on a cloudy day.
  7. A tanned skin means that the skin has been damaged.
  8. Tanning salons are just as damaging to the skin as the sun's rays.
  9. Skin cancer can kill if not detected early and treated early.
  10. Anyone can get skin cancer.

Learn more about dangerous and increasingly common disease. PPSI has developed information on this important subject for your education and safety. Please review all of it. It could save your life or the life of someone dear to you. Select from one of the options below to learn more.


   What is Skin Cancer?  

   Who is at Risk?  

   What are the Warning Signs?  

   Some Steps Everyone Can Take  

   Skin Cancer Self-Check  

   Detection and Treatment  

   Some Skin Cancer and Children  




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