Skin cancer, or “melanoma”, is a type of cancer that begins in the skin. It is completely curable when detected early, but can be fatal if allowed to progress and spread. Cancer is a condition where one type of cell grows without limit in a disorganized fashion, disrupting and replacing normal tissues and their functions, much like weeds overgrowing a garden. Unfortunately, the incidence of skin cancer has grown locally and nationwide. In fact, each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.
Look for Early Warning Signs
Early detection and treatment is important. Everyone should be aware of new or changing moles, sores that don’t heal and pimples that don’t go away. These conditions could signal something more serious – if you have concerns, seek a dermatologist’s diagnosis early.