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Skin Cancer. Cases and causes

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Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject Nursing Science, grade: B, New York University, language: English, abstract: Skin cancer can be described as a malignant growth developing on the skin that can result in various causes. Generally, there are three most known skin cancers, these are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma cell cancer. Millikan (2008) states that, usually, skin cancer grows in the epidermis of the skin. Because of this, it is easy to detect skin cancer in their early stages. Presently, there are three widespread types of skin cancer and they named according to the variety of skin cell from which they develops. Unfortunately, unlike other kinds if cancers like lung and pancreas cancers, just a few of the afflicted with skin cancer could die due to skin cancer (Millikan, 2008). Skin cancer is among the most widespread diagnosed malignancy, it surpasses lung, breast, and prostate cancer. it has been established that melanoma type of skin cancer is the most common of all skin cancers and it is likely the most dangerous. It is estimated that there are more than one million, new skin cancer cases reported every year in the United States (American Cancer Society, 2008). A lot of people currently are dying because of melanoma skin cancer which it is attributed to be on increase because of a lot of sun (Millikan, 2008). However, the most commonly reported cases of skin cancer are those that are non-melanoma. Many of these skin cancer causes are known as Basal Cell carcinomas, which are occurs as localized growths resulting from too much cumulative exposure to the sun.